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Edit to add more: The U.S. Coast Guard tried Friday to prevent a boat from entering a security zone on the Potomac River not far from the Pentagon, where President Obama was at an event commemorating the September 11 attacks.
There were reports on police scanners that the Coast Guard fired 10 rounds of ammunition, but those reports could not immediately be confirmed. It was not immediately clear from the reports whether they referred to warning shots.
The incident took place between the Memorial and 14th Street bridges, in a zone that had been blocked off because of the ceremonies.
The U.S. Coast Guard has fired on a suspicious boat in Washington DC's Potomac River, CNN has reported. The incident came as Americans mourned the eighth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in New York today.
It is understood that the Coast Guard tried to contact boat, believed to be a recreational boat. However there was no radio response. The decision was then made to fire on the boat. It is believed that ten rounds were fired on the boat. It is not known if anyone was injured in the incident.
Sources have told Fox News that the shots were warning shots only, however the Coast Guard has not yet confirmed the incident.
The Coast Guard began patrolling the Potomac after security was increased in the wake of 9/11. T
he Potomac River flows past many of Washington's greatest attractions, including the Kennedy Center and the Washington Monument. It also flows close to the Pentagon, one of the sites of the 9/11 attacks.
Originally posted by warrenb
Can someone explain why they would do a training exercise on 9/11?
It seems highly suspect.