White House on alert after 'metal object' hurled over fence

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Washington, May 31: Authorities temporarily placed the White House on lockdown on Monday after someone threw a metal object over the fence around the presidential mansion, officials said.

Reporters working at the White House said a woman had been arrested. "An individual threw a metal object over the north fence line at the White House," the Secret Service said in a statement after the approximately three-hour lockdown ended.

White House on alert after object found

"Secret Service uniformed division officers immediately apprehended the individual without incident."

Officials said they conducted "protective sweeps" of the object but determined it was not a threat. "The White House has returned to normal operations," the Secret Service said.

President Barack Obama had been attending a Memorial Day service at Arlington National Cemetery when the incident occurred.


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