The US Capitol was ordered evacuated due to an aircraft posing a “probable threat” on Wednesday evening, but Capitol Police say that there is no longer a threat.
People were ordered to evacuate the US Capitol, Capitol Visitor Center, Hart, Dirksen, Russell, Cannon, Longworth, Rayburn, the Library of Congress, and the US Botanic Garden administrative and conservatory buildings.
U.S. Capitol Police alert just now: “The USCP is tracking an aircraft that poses a probable threat to the Capitol Complex.”
Immediate evacuations ordered pic.twitter.com/I4oxv06jrG
— Andrew Desiderio (@AndrewDesiderio) April 20, 2022
“The USCP is tracking an aircraft that poses a probable threat to the Capitol Complex,” the Capitol Police said in an email to press and staff.
The Capitol was evacuated out of an abundance of caution this evening.
There is no threat at the Capitol.
More details to come. pic.twitter.com/7qqxqQyzlD
— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) April 20, 2022
It turned out, the Capitol Police were not notified that the Army parachuting team was jumping at National’s Park.
It appears an Army plane parachuting people in for the Nats game was misidentified as a possible attack on the Capitol.
How the hell was a mistake like that made? https://t.co/F3ixwE8dio
— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) April 20, 2022
People parachuting into Nats stadium pic.twitter.com/s2dWOILZYM
— Maggie Howell (@Mar__G_3) April 20, 2022
Just watched parachuters land come in by the Capitol as news broke it was being evacuated, but hearing that they were parachuting into Nats Stadium pic.twitter.com/4ulLhfFMxy
— Julia Manchester (@JuliaManch) April 20, 2022
— David Lim (@davidalim) April 20, 2022