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01/23/2016 04:15 pm ET Updated Dec 28, 2016

Sledding Has Returned To Capitol Hill

A spending bill passed last year also lifted a sledding ban on the hill.

As a massive snowstorm enveloped Washington this weekend, D.C. residents were able to sled on Capitol Hill for the first time in a long time.

A provision in a $1.1 trillion spending bill passed in December instructed U.S. Capitol Police to permit sledding on Capitol Hill, which had been strictly banned since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The ban had been in place since 1876, according to Washingtonian, but was only strictly enforced after Sept. 11.

See the joy of kids -- and adults -- as they were able to sled down the hill during this weekend's blizzard:

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