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Ahead of the Washington Nationals home game on Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, a lack of communication led to the U.S. Capitol being evacuated.
Flyovers before an MLB game are nothing new. However, if you’re the Washington Nationals planning one in Washington, D.C., particularly one that involves members of the armed forces jumping out of the planes, it’d probably be a good idea to alert the highest powers in the land.
On Wednesday, however, that apparently didn’t happen.
It was a scary moment on Wednesday late afternoon when the U.S. Capitol was being evacuated due to a “probable threat” to safety from an aircraft. Soon after, though, it was reported that there was no threat and that everything was fine.
As it turns out, the reason for the evacuation was a lack of communication from the Nats that caused at least some panic from Capitol Police.
Nationals flyover ahead of game leads to U.S. Capitol evacuation
The Nationals had scheduled a flyover for Wednesday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with members of the army set to parachute onto the field pregame. However, as reported by Adam Longo of WUSA9 in D.C., the team failed to alert the Capitol Police, which is why they chose to evacuate the U.S. Capitol.
That’s certainly not a mix-up that you want on your record.
Thankfully, there is no threat to the U.S. Capitol. Having said that, the Nationals would certainly be wise to not let something like this happen again. It’s not what you would call a good look in any regard.