British Museum visitors evacuated over smoke

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British Museum in Bloomsbury, London
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The incident at the British Museum in Bloomsbury, London, is being investigated

About 8,000 visitors to the British Museum in central London were evacuated after smoke was detected.

London Fire Brigade and the British Museum said smoke was detected by some sensors but there was no fire.

The fire alarms were set off at about 1145 BST. The alert was over by 1230 BST and nobody was hurt.

The fire brigade is still investigating exactly what happened and could not yet say what was to blame.

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