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Part of US Capitol after industrial incident

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WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republican leaders say they're delaying the start of business due to an accident involving asbestos.

In a statement, House Speaker John Boehner said the House would not convene Thursday at 10 a.m. EDT for morning business, but lawmakers are expected to convene at noon to begin legislative work.

Capitol Police say a hazardous material response team was on site following an incident that began sometime around 2:30 a.m. to 3 a.m.

The House Door and South Door were temporarily closed. Tours of the Capitol building were temporarily suspended, but tours of the visitor center were not affected. The House Press Gallery was reopened later in the morning.

The Architect of the Capitol released a statement indicating the incident involves possible asbestos exposure.

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