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9-11 museum briefly evacuated last week due to false alarm

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Visitors at the National September 11 Memorial Museum last week were startled when a false alarm caused officials to briefly evacuate the site.

A New York Fire Department spokesman says firefighters responded to a report of an alarm just after 1 p.m. on May 16.

He says the alarm turned out to be false. There were no injuries.

Debbie Almontaser, a guest at the museum when the alarm sounded, tells the New York Times she and about 30 to 40 other evacuees were directed to the nearest exit.

She says it took about five minutes to traverse various corridors and stairways before they reached daylight seven stories up.

A museum spokesman did not immediately reply to a message seeking comment. The museum officially opened to the public Wednesday.

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