White House placed on lockdown over suspicious package

White House placed on lockdown over suspicious package

A spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service said the package was determined safe about an hour later but the owner has not been located.

Pedestrians were also cleared from Lafayette Square, across from the White House.

White house reporters and construction crew working on renovations were moved inside the building while Secret Service and D.C. Metropolitan Police responded to the scene.

Earlier today at around 1:10 PM local time police found a suspicious package on the streets of the USA capital and a suspected accused was arrested from the spot.

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The Secret Service gave no immediate reason for the lockdown, it said.

A report claimed that there has been recent rise in such incidents of lockdowns as suspicious packages are found in the vicinity and there have been attempts by miscreants to trespass. According to The Hill, the agents cleared White House's North Lawn around 1:15 pm and the journalists and the construction workers who were present there at that time were sent to the grounds in the West Wing.

Fox News reporter Chad Pergram tweeted that a man has been arrested for "unlawful entry" on the steps of the Capitol.

US President Donald Trump is now not at the White House.

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