Overdone: Iowa Capitol evacuated – turns out it was just burnt Easy Mac


Lawmakers in Iowa were evacuated Monday after the emergency alarms went off.

The cause of the alarm: burnt Kraft Easy Mac macaroni and cheese.

The alarms went off around 11 a.m. and the Capitol building was evacuated for a short time, the Des Moines Register reports.

The smell of smoke filled the Senate chamber, the Quad City Times reports.

It was traced to a overdone meal in a microwave behind the Senate chamber, reports note. However, there's no word on who the "negligent chef behind the crisp creation" is, Business Insider notes.

Easy Mac instructions call for it to be microwaved for 3 1/2 minutes, and to never leave the microwave unattended, The Hill notes.

This isn't the first time people in Iowa have had trouble making the advertised-as-easy meal:

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-03-08 at 2.44.41 PM

Charges: Minnesota man killed his father with hammer, knife

The 44-year-old admitted to killing his father, court documents say.

P.J. Fleck, Gophers football

Staying home: Gopher football lands 6'7'' football recruit

The offensive lineman is a star player in southwest Minnesota.

Ambulance hospital emergency

Teen worker dies after being shocked at Vikings apartment site

Aaron Welle, 18, of Holdingford, died from his injuries.

teacher, coronavirus, covid-19, school, classroom

90% of MN schools now offer in-person learning, 55% of teachers vaccinated

Gov. Tim Walz had set March 8 as the date for when schools would be expected to offer in-person learning.

Screen Shot 2021-03-08 at 8.12.13 AM

Catholic school employee allegedly had 'inappropriate physical contact' with student

The employee is currently on leave pending an MPD investigation.

covid-19, vaccine

CDC: Fully vaccinated people can be together indoors without masks

The CDC on Monday released new guidance for fully vaccinated people.

covid saliva test

MDH to open new COVID testing site in Carver Co. amid B117 variant outbreak

It comes amid an outbreak among younger people in the southwest metro county.

radio station, microphone

KFAN's Paul Allen recounts 'harrowing' fatigue from COVID-19

Paul Allen said he experienced extreme fatigue after testing positive.

Screen Shot 2021-03-08 at 9.41.43 AM

Derailed train in Plymouth was carrying molten sulfur

No unusual air quality readings have been reported in the area.

Judge Peter Cahill - March 8

Chauvin trial: Jury pool sent home as court awaits appeals court guidance

Judge Cahill rejected the prosecution's motion to delay the start of jury selection, but it was delayed Monday anyway.