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30th May 2016

Developing: White House in lockdown for second time after “suspicious package” found

Barack Obama was at home at the time.


The White House has been placed into lockdown mode after a suspicious package was found on the grounds.

Fire trucks and a decontamination unit are reportedly on site, according to MSNBC. Emergency services are described as wearing Hazmat protective gear.

The lockdown of the north side of the building falls on a US public holiday – Memorial Day – and it occurred while President Barack Obama was home.

Initial reports – so far unconfirmed – said that the suspicious package was tossed over the fence of the White House.

Less than two weeks ago, the White House was locked down after a man approached the building’s security staff with a firearm. He was shot and detained during the encounter.

(Cover image of White House lockdown after shooting on May 20. Credit: Alex Wong/Getty).