Pregame demonstration involving parachuters at Nationals Park causes brief evacuation of U.S. Capitol

Apr 21, 2022

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 the Washington Nationals' baseball stadium for a pregame demonstration.

The Nationals were hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks at Nationals Park, which is located a little more than a mile away from the U.S. Capitol.

The alert from the U.S. Capitol Police sent congressional staffers fleeing from the Capitol and legislative building around 6:30 p.m.

One witness to the chaos at the Capitol was Eireann Dolan, the wife of Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle.

"I was walking the dogs past the Dirksen Senate Office Building," Dolan tweeted. ''People started streaming out all at once. They told me to turn around and get away as fast as possible. Some people were calm but many were genuinely panicked. I know I was."

Source: ESPN
(Photo by: Alex Brandon | AP)