White House – Another Lockdown
The White House was briefly put on a partial security lockdown Monday just after the President gave a speech at Arlington National Cemetery. A woman, who has been detained, threw a metal object over the fence, prompting immediate security protocols to be initiated.
“An individual threw a metal object over the north fence line at the White House. Secret Service Uniformed Division officers immediately apprehended the individual without incident. All protective sweeps of the metal object were met with negative results.” Secret Service statement
No information was released regarding the exact nature of the object thrown over the fence, other than to say it was “metal.” Most news media reported it as a ‘suspicious package.’
The HazMat unit gave the all clear soon after the incident.
Reporters were not allowed to venture out of the White House press room and a call to the Secret Service was not immediately returned.
However, a woman was detained. She was placed in handcuffs. Fire trucks and a hazardous materials response unit were called to the scene. It is common for officers to sweep the grounds after such incidents to ensure nothing dangerous was thrown over the fence.
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