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Congress seated in the House gallery were led to safety amid the sound of flash-bangs. (Times of San Diego) January 06, 2021 Sara Jacobs says she feared for her life Wednesday as she and other members of Congress seated in the House gallery were led to safety amid the sound of flash-bangs. Asked how long she hunkered down with their gas masks, she said: “It could have been 10 minutes or it could have been two hours.” But she was in good hands amid the pro-Trump storming of the U.S. Capitol. She was sitting next to former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings of Florida and former Army Ranger (and Iraq-Afghanistan veteran) Jason Crow of Colorado, fellow House Democrats. The most frightening moments came when U.S. Capitol Police evacuated them — under railings and over seats — to the opposite side of the visitors gallery and eventually a secure location. “We couldn’t really see what was going on,” the 53rd District rep said in a phone interview. “We heard some of the flash-bangs. We could actually hear the protesters banging on the doors right behind us.” She saw invaders subdued on the ground. At one point Capitol Police told House members to remove their congressional pins over fears the pins would make them a target. After about five hours, she and others were released back to their offices and reconvened the session certifying the Electoral College votes. The 31-year-old Jacobs, sworn in Sunday, had her phone with her and used […]