US Coast Guard training exercise sparks confusion on Sept. 11 anniversary

The US Coast Guard conducted a training exercise in the Potomac River near the Pentagon amid September 11 commemorations Friday, sparking confusion. Coast Guard chief Keith Moore said Friday no shots were fired as part of the exercise. Media reports suggested shots had been fired in the river and showed vessels circling in the water, near the bridge where US President Barack Obama's motorcade passed as he traveled to a Sept. 11 memorial at the Pentagon. Coast Guard spokesman John Edwards said references to shots fired were picked up in radio chatter. As part of its exercise Friday, the Coast Guard aired simulated instructions to participants to fire 10 rounds. But Edwards said there were no shots actually fired and there were no suspicious boats. The Coast Guard conducts this sort of training every day. The training had nothing to do with the Sept. 11 anniversary, Edwards said.