Tuesday 6 December 2016

White House in lockdown after suspicious package thrown over fence by woman

Published 30/05/2016 | 19:19

Members of the Secret Service talk to each other as people visit the grounds around the White House May 30, 2016 in Washington, DC
Members of the Secret Service talk to each other as people visit the grounds around the White House May 30, 2016 in Washington, DC
U.S. Secret Service Counter-assault Team member is seen through a window of the press briefing room, standing on alert during a lock down the White House in Washington, U.S., May 30, 2016

The north side of the White House was placed on a security lockdown on Monday because of a suspicious package, a Secret Service official said.

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The partial lockdown on the Memorial Day holiday occurred while President Barack Obama was home.

Reporters were not allowed to leave the White House compound through its northwest gate and flashing lights from emergency responders could be seen nearby.

The official said hazardous material checks were being made.

Local news radio station WTOP reported that one person was in custody, citing a federal law enforcement official.

Obama had visited Arlington Cemetery earlier in the day as part of the annual commemoration for armed services members.

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