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Federal law enforcement practice helicopter maneuvers at Capitol

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Witnesses described an action-packed scene at the Capitol on Tuesday night around 7:30 p.m.

There were three helicopters flying high and low, practicing touch-and-go landings. People were also rappelling down ropes.

Federal law enforcement came to the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex to practice tactical maneuvers.

The helicopters were only in the area for about seven minutes.

Troy Thompson, PA General Services Spokesman, explained why there was no early warning about the maneuvers.

"We didn't alert the public because there was no danger to the public by conducting the drill, and it needed to be an in and out type of drill for this particular law enforcement agency," he said.

Capitol police and Dauphin County 911 did know this was going to happen.

They didn't tell the general public because they didn't want people videotaping it and seeing the tactics being practiced.

This is the first time the state has ever partnered with federal law enforcement in this capacity.

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