Published On: Mon, Jun 24th, 2019

White House on lockdown: Secret Service swoop on ‘suspicious package’ at Trump residence | World | News

The White House was put under lockdown on Monday morning, according to journalists assembled in the White House press briefing room. Megan Pratz, a reporter for Cheddar, wrote on Twitter: “We are literally locked in here. We can’t see much but Secret Service officers just ran across the lawn.” 

The Secret Service announced shortly after in a statement published on the same social media platform the agency was “responding to an incident involving a suspicious package located on Pennsylvania Avenue”, just minutes away from the White House. 

Pedestrian traffic routes were also shut down to the public, the Secret Service added. 

They wrote: “Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers are responding to an incident involving a suspicious package located on Pennsylvania Ave.  

“Pedestrian traffic is closed along Pennsylvania Ave. between 15th and 17th streets to include Lafayette Park.” 

Ms Pratz later followed up saying reporters had been briefed by an officer with the Secret Servic, who asked them “not to go outside.” 

She added: “Does not want anyone out on the North Grounds right now, where all the camera positions are.” 

This is the second lockdown in less than seven days taking place in the White House, Donald Trump’s presidential home in Washington.  

Last week, a man was stopped and detained by officers after he attempted to jump a bike rack and throw his backpack into the perimeter of the White House. 

The suspect has yet to be named, but the Secret Service said in a written statement that officers had “cleared the backpack and the individual was placed under arrest, and charged with unlawful entry.” 


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