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White House lockdown after woman seen throwing 'suspicious object' over fence

Published 30/05/2016

A member of the Secret Service walks past firetrucks and ambulances on Pennsylvania Avenue during a security lockdown of the White House grounds May 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
A member of the Secret Service walks past firetrucks and ambulances on Pennsylvania Avenue during a security lockdown of the White House grounds May 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

The White House has been placed on lockdown after a woman threw something over the north fence along Pennsylvania Avenue.

A woman was detained after the incident in Washington DC.

Firefighters stand by the Northeast gate to the White House as Secret Service members walk along Pennsylvania Avenue during a security lockdown of the White House grounds May 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Firefighters stand by the Northeast gate to the White House as Secret Service members walk along Pennsylvania Avenue during a security lockdown of the White House grounds May 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
US President Barack Obama(C) talks with guests after retiring to the White House from a visit to Arlington National Cemetery May 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
US President Barack Obama(C) talks with guests after retiring to the White House from a visit to Arlington National Cemetery May 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Reporters were not allowed to venture out of the White House press room, and a call to the Secret Service was not immediately returned.

The fire service and a hazardous materials response unit were called to the scene.

It is common for officers to sweep the grounds after such incidents to ensure nothing dangerous was thrown over the fence.

The lockdown ensued shortly after US president Barack Obama returned from delivering a Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery.

Members of the Secret Service talk to each other as people visit the grounds around the White House May 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the Secret Service talk to each other as people visit the grounds around the White House May 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
A member of the Secret Service is seen during a security lockdown of the White House grounds May 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
A member of the Secret Service is seen during a security lockdown of the White House grounds May 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Firefighters leave the Northeast gate to the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue during a security lockdown of the White House grounds May 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Firefighters leave the Northeast gate to the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue during a security lockdown of the White House grounds May 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Emergency personnel in protective suits walk to the Northeast gate to the White House from Pennsylvania Avenue during a security lockdown of the White House grounds May 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Emergency personnel in protective suits walk to the Northeast gate to the White House from Pennsylvania Avenue during a security lockdown of the White House grounds May 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

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