- The White House was placed on lockdown around 10:30am
- Secret Service tweeted that they are investigating a suspicious package near the White House grounds
- Snipers were seen roaming the North Lawn and reporters were locked in the briefing room
Ashley Collman For Dailymail.com
The White House was placed on lockdown Tuesday morning over a suspicious package.
Reporters were locked into the White House press room and the North Lawn was cleared so Secret Service snipers could search the area.
The Secret Service confirmed just before 11am that they are investigating a suspicious package near the White House grounds and that road closures are in effect.
The White House was placed on lockdown Tuesday morning (above)
The Secret Service said they were investigating a suspicious package near the grounds. Above, an agent on the North Lawn Tuesday morning
Reporters first started tweeting about the lockdown around 10:25am.
NBC’s Peter Alexander wrote that all media and visitors were cleared off the White House’s North lawn before snipers started ‘roaming’ the property.
Pictures also showed a Secret Service agent locking the reporters in the press briefing room for safety.
The handful of reporters who got to the White House a few hours ahead of the daily briefing were seen passing the time on their phones as they waited for the lockdown to end.
The lockdown comes a week after a woman tried to jump the White House fence, but got her shoelaces stuck.