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Capitol evacuated over ‘aircraft that posed threat’ as urgent warning issued

AN alarming warning led to the evacuation of the US Capitol on Wednesday as police warned of an aircraft “that posed a threat” to the area.

Capitol Police have since said there is “no threat” in a tweet, after the initial alert was reported around 6.30pm local time.

The US Capitol Complex was evacuated out of an abundance of caution

The US Capitol Complex was evacuated out of an abundance of caution

“The Capitol was evacuated out of an abundance of caution this evening,” the tweet from Capitol Police reads, adding there is more information forthcoming.

The statement from Capitol Police comes after multiple media representatives took to Twitter saying they, or someone they know, had been evacuated from the Capitol Complex.

The evacuation was a result of Capitol Police “tracking an aircraft that poses a probable threat to the Capitol Complex.”

The alert provided details on how and where staffers should evacuate.

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Heather Caygle of Punchbowl News tweeted the plane was “not responding to communication,” triggering the evacuation.

The plane allegedly took off from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland before circling around Washington. Sources told The Associated Press the aircraft did not have clearance to take off.

Members of the US Army’s Golden Knights were reportedly on board the plane.

They then parachuted into the Washington Nationals’ ballpark as part of a pregame ceremony.

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The Nationals are reportedly hosting an Army parachute team prior to their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of their ongoing Military Appreciation Games series.

At tonight’s game, the team is providing two complimentary tickets to active duty, dependents, veterans, retirees and reservists with military ID or proof of service.

Upcoming Military Appreciation Games are scheduled for May 29, July 4, and September 1, according to the team’s website.

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