DPS investigating overnight damage at Texas State Capitol grounds

FILE - The U.S. and Texas state flags fly outside the state Capitol building on July 12, 2021 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Sergio Flores/Getty Images) (Sergio Flores, 2021 Getty Images) (getty)

AUSTIN, Texas – A broken perimeter fence, shards of glass, a smashed sign and tire tracks marked a path of damage along the east entrance to the Texas State Capitol grounds in Austin on Thursday morning, according to photos taken by The Associated Press.

Earlier, a state department of public safety officer was on scene inspecting the damage, which also appeared to include a broken barrier pole. Hours later, yellow tape marking a police line had been placed along an estimated 10 feet (3 meters) of broken fencing, but no officers remained on scene along the path of light tire marks that stretched well into the grounds.

It was not known what caused the damage.

A spokeswoman for the Texas State Preservation Board, which oversees the Texas Capitol grounds, directed questions to the Texas Department of Public Safety. She said that department is investigating the incident.

The Texas Department of Public Safety did not immediately respond to a request for comment.