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White House lockdown over suspicious package

A security guard on patrol during the lockdown Credit: Reuters

The White House was partially locked on its north side down after an alert over a suspicious package, a Secret Service official has said.

Barack Obama was in the building at the time of the lockdown on Monday, triggered when an individual threw a metal object over the fence.

Secret Service Uniformed Division officers immediately apprehended the individual without incident. All protective sweeps of the metal object were met with negative results," spokesman Shawn Holtzclaw said in an emailed statement.

He confirmed that the lockdown was lifted after the checks and the White House has now returned to normal.

Local news radio station WTOP reported that one person was in custody, citing a federal law enforcement official.

The alert came during the Memorial Day holiday, remembering members of the armed forces who have died in the course of service.

Obama had visited Arlington Cemetery earlier in the day as part of the annual commemoration.

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