White House on Lockdown After Package Thrown Over Fence (UPDATED)


The White House is on lockdown Memorial Day afternoon after a package was thrown over the fence on the property’s north side.

A female suspect has reportedly been detained.

Reuters’ Jeff Mason reported that the northwest gate had been closed.

Firefighters in hazmat gear arrived on the scene to conduct an apparent decontamination procedure on the suspicious package. NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski reported a cautious and calm scene on the White House lawn as officials approached the package.

After attending a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery earlier in the day, the president was reported to be at the White House during the lockdown.

UPDATE: 3:30 P.M. EST: CBS’ Mark Knoller reported on Twitter that emergency services have left the White House and normal operations have resumed for the area. Knoll reported that the package was a metallic object of some kind, but that chemical tests on the area came back “negative.”

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