White House on lockdown after object is thrown

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The White House was placed on lockdown Wednesday after a man threw “personal belongings” over one of the fences, coming just a day after another incident also caused a lockdown at the presidential compound.

The incident began at around 10:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday when a man threw personal belongings over the North Fence Line of the White House complex. President Barack Obama was inside the building when it happened.

“The individual was immediately taken into custody by Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers,” said U.S. Secret Service spokeswoman Nicole Mainor. She provided no specific details about either the items or the suspect.

Parts of Pennsylvania Avenue and Lafayette Park were cordoned off to pedestrians as police carried out a sweep of the area, but the items and the area were later declared safe, after which the lockdown was lifted.

On Tuesday afternoon, the White House was also placed on lockdown after a robbery suspect jumped a fence outside the nearby Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The man was taken into custody and transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation.

The White House has seen a high number of security incidents over the past year, most often caused by people trying to jump fences.

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