White House Lockdown Lifted After Suspicious Package Thrown Over Fence

May 30, 2016 12:55 p.m.

UPDATED: May 30, 2016, 3:45 PM ET

The White House was put on lockdown Monday afternoon after a woman threw an unknown object over the fence at the North Lawn, according to the Associated Press.

A woman was handcuffed and taken into custody after the object was thrown over the fence, near Pennsylvania Avenue, AP reported. The lockdown ended shortly before 4 p.m. ET, NBC News reported.

The lockdown began shortly after President Obama returned to the White House after a Memorial Day event at Arlington National Cemetery.

CBS White House correspondent Mark Knoller tweeted that a suspect had been detained and Hazmat teams were set to examine the package.

NBC also reported on air that law enforcement had set up a portable decontamination unit and were putting on Hazmat suits.

Video from witnesses near the scene showed a heavy law enforcement presence.

This is a breaking news story. We will provide updates as they are available.

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.
Latest Livewire
Comments are now Members-Only

Non-members are still able to read comments, but will no longer be able to participate. To join the conversation, sign up now and get:

30% Off Annual Prime Membership

TPM strives to build as inclusive a community as financially possible. We offer FREE memberships to those experiencing financial hardship and FREE memberships for students.

View all options
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: