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Eric Wilson Reports: Hundreds shut out of inauguration ceremony

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An estimated two-million people turned out for the events surrounding Obama's historic inauguration. An estimated two-million people turned out for the events surrounding Obama's historic inauguration.
Police: This is the largest crowd to ever gather in Washington. Police: This is the largest crowd to ever gather in Washington.
Some people waited outside the gates since 7:00 a.m. before being shut out at noon. Some people waited outside the gates since 7:00 a.m. before being shut out at noon.

By Eric Wilson

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WREX) - So many people jammed into the nation's capital for President Barack Obama's inauguration that many with tickets were left out.

According to D.C. Police, an estimated two-million people turned out for the events surrounding Obama's historic inauguration making it the largest crowd to ever gather in Washington.

The crowds were so large many people, including myself, were turned away from the Swearing-In ceremony despite having tickets. Some waited outside the gates since 7:00 a.m. before being shut out at noon.

The crowds packed subway cars, filled the National Mall from the Capitol to the Washington Monument, making it nearly impossible to get around.

At times the transit system and security were overwhelmed with people forming lines that took hours to move.

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