A White House fence-jumper who tried to enter White House property on the north side of the vast property on Friday afternoon was unsuccessful. The man, who has not been identified, was taken down from the fence by Secret Service agents and officers with the United States Park Police before he was able to go over it, according to a Washington Post report on Friday.
The man who made the attempt to enter the White House grounds had two bags of which he was carrying. Though the contents of the bag were not revealed, Secret Service said there was nothing of danger found in the bags.
When the incident occurred at 2:45 p.m. ET, police closed down Pennsylvania Avenue – which is only open for pedestrian traffic – for longer than an hour. Additionally, the White House was put on lockdown during the investigation following the incident.
President Barack Obama was not at the White House during the incident. He was at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan on Friday, giving a speech before he signed the new Farm Bill. He returned to the White House on Friday evening.