White House on lockdown after security incident

PUBLISHED Tue, May 16, 2017 - 4:32pm EDT
Credit: Pete Souza

A woman has been taken into custody after she apparently tried to climb over a fence outside the White House, the Secret Service says. The incident briefly caused a lockdown at the presidential complex. (more)

The incident happened at about 4:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday when someone tried to get over a fence at the White House, triggering a security alert at the presidential complex. Secret Service agents were seen running towards the North fence.

"Secret Service responding to an individual who jumped the bike rack along the North Fence Line of Penn Ave. Suspect in custody," the U.S. Secret Service said in a tweet, providing no further information.

It was not immediately known why the woman jumped over the bike rack. Reporters assigned to the White House said they were ordered to move into the complex as the White House was put on a partial lockdown. Parts of the street were also cordoned off.

President Donald Trump is at the White House but is continuing with his day without interruption.

The White House has been the scene of a number of security alerts over the past few months. Most notably, on March 10, a man climbed over a fence at the White House and was able to walk on the grounds for 16 minutes before being taken into custody. He was not able to enter the building itself.

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