USA Today evacuates Virginia HQ in response to erroneous report of armed man at building

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By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- USA Today's headquarters in McLean, Virginia were evacuated Wednesday early afternoon after reports of a man with a weapon at the building -- but about an hour later, police said there was no threat. 

USA Today reported that the scare "turned out to be a mistaken report of a person with a weapon."

It added that Fairfax County police reported that they were clearing the building without incident. Police said it was continuing to investigate but there has been no evidence of shooting and they have not located anyone with a weapon.   

Fairfax County Police tweeted at 12:25 p.m. it was responding to the suburban Washington building, tweeting, "We are responding to reports of a man with weapon at the Gannett Building located at 7950 Jones Branch Drive in McLean. Please avoid the area, updates to follow #FCPD."

Forty minutes later, it tweeted, "UPDATE: We are working to investigate this reported threat. Officers are currently working to clear the building. At this time, we have found no evidence of any acts of violence or injuries."

"Alarms sounded at the building as police squad cars converged on the scene," USA Today reported. "Law enforcement officers with rifles and body armor were patrolling the area and a helicopter hovered overhead."

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