Brief Evacuation Jolts Crowd Thursday, Jun. 10, 2004; 12:18 AM
Hundreds of onlookers lining Constitution Ave. to see former president Ronald Reagan's caisson were jolted by a sudden evacuation order before the procession began Wednesday afternoon. Most of the activity occurred near 3rd Street and Constitution Ave., NW.
Police gave the evacuation order after an airplane reportedly entered restricted airspace, according to an officer on the scene. The Washington Post later reported that the errant plane was a Kentucky State Police aircraft carrying newly elected Gov. Ernie Fletcher (R) to Washington for Reagan's funeral.
The brief evacuation caused some consternation among the members of the crowd, who were directed onto 3rd Street and later allowed to return to Constitution Ave. in time for the procession.