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Small helicopter lands on US Capitol grounds, one person detained

A small helicopter landed on the west lawn of the US Capitol with a single occupant aboard today, and one person was detained, US Capitol Police said.

Nearby streets were temporarily closed as police investigated, according to a police statement that called the craft a "gyro copter."

The copter resembled a small open-air helicopter with a single rotor on top.

The security scare comes after a man shot himself dead in front of the Capitol on Saturday and sparked a temporary lockdown.

In January, a small "quadcopter" drone crashed onto the White House lawn. The man who was operating it did not face criminal charges.

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