The Coast Guard is not apologizing after radio traffic from a training exercise on the Potomac River sparked confusion and panic this morning.
Vice Admiral John Currier is promising a "top-to-bottom" review of the incident, but he's blaming some media outlets for turning what he called a "routine", "low-profile" exercise into a major scare that sent FBI agents scrambling to the scene and caused the FAA to ground nearly 20 flights at Reagan Airport.
It happened a little after ten. One of the cable TV networks monitoring the radio scanners reported that a coast guard officer order shots fired at a suspicious boat. Currier says the Coast Guard did not notify local authorities before the training drill.
Patrick Madden reports...