Parachute demo at Nats Park causes brief Capitol evacuation
WASHINGTON (AP/WHEC) — The U.S. Capitol was briefly evacuated Wednesday evening after police identified an aircraft that they said posed "a probable threat.”
But the plane was actually carrying members of the U.S. Army Golden Knights, who then parachuted into Nationals Park for a pregame demonstration.
The alert from the U.S. Capitol Police sent congressional staffers fleeing from the Capitol and legislative building around 6:30 p.m.
The Capitol was evacuated out of an abundance of caution this evening.— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) April 20, 2022
There is no threat at the Capitol.
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The incident suggested a stunning communications failure between the military and the Capitol Police.