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White House lockdown: Man trying to scale fence prompts security lockdown

The White House lockdown lasted about an hour on Friday
The White House lockdown lasted about an hour on Friday
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A White House lockdown was put into place Friday after a man carrying two suspicious bags tried to climb the White House fence. Reuters shared the details of the unsettling incident.

Reports indicate that the man was apprehended quickly, but the White House lockdown was put into effect as security sorted through the details of the situation. A U.S. Secret Service spokesperson said that the man did not make it over the fence.

President Barack Obama was not at the White House during the lockdown, as he was traveling in Michigan. During the lockdown, the area around the White House was shut down. Even a number of reporters had to stay put, many were apparently kept from leaving through a gate near the incident.

The Washington Times indicates that the White House lockdown lasted for about an hour. The incident happened at the north fence of the complex, and things were opened back up by about 4 p.m. Friday. So far no further details regarding the man's identity or what was found in the bags has been released.