US Coast Guard fires at boat in Washington river

The U.S. Coast Guard fired at a suspicious boat in the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., near the Pentagon

US Coast Guard fires at boat in Washington river

The U.S. Coast Guard fired at a suspicious boat in the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., near the Pentagon amid high security during Sept. 11 memorial ceremonies at the Defense Department headquarters, U.S. media reported on Friday.

President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates had been attending a ceremony at the Pentagon, south of the city on the Virginia side of the river.

CNN said the Coast Guard fired about 10 rounds at the boat, which they described as a recreational vessel, after it entered a temporarily restricted zone in the Potomac, which separates Washington, D.C., from suburban Virginia where the Pentagon is located.

Traffic was moving freely across bridges and did not appear affected by the incident.

Police: Washington boat incident training exercise

A U.S. Coast Guard training exercise set off a security scare in Washington's Potomac River on Friday as the United States marked the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Police and Federal law enforcement officials said the incident, which prompted reports that shots had been fired at a boat in the river near the Pentagon, was actually a training exercise.

President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates had been attending a memorial ceremony at the Pentagon, south of the city on the Virginia side of the river.

Reuters

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