BREAKING: White House Lockdown Just Lifted After Hazmat Team Leaves (Tweets)

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After a person threw an unidentified container over the fence on the north side of the White House, near Lafayette Square, federal law enforcement immediately placed The North Lawn on lockdown Monday afternoon, Memorial Day. People reported they observed hazmat team trucks nearby.

An explosive ordnance team investigated the object, which was described as a container with some papers inside. Tourists were moved away from the fence line on Pennsylvania Avenue, which is on the north side of the White House, back to Lafayette Park.

The person threw the item over the fence on the north side of the White House, near Lafayette Square, about 1:15 p.m. EDT, according to D.C. Fire and EMS. The Secret Service said the object was metal, but inspection of the object showed it was not harmful.

The incident began a few minutes after President Barack Obama returned from Arlington National Cemetery. He had laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers and presented a speech as part of the annual Memorial Day event, according to a report from NBC.

Reporters were not permitted to leave the White House press room through its northwest gate. It is not known whether the president’s family was at home when the event occurred.

A federal law enforcement official told WTOP that one person was in custody. The Associated Press reported a woman had been detained and placed in handcuffs.

The White House has been returned to normal. It was also placed on lockdown last week. That incident occurred when party balloons floated over the White House and landed on the North Lawn, according to WTOP.

That goes to prove that Secret Service never gets to rest, while it is guarding the leader of the free world and his or her family.

Featured Image: Matt Wade via Flickr, Creative Commons License.

H/T: WTOP, NBC.

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