2 suspicious packages investigated near White House, US Capitol

Posted August 23, 2017

The White House lockdown was lifted after about one hour on Tuesday afternoon (local time) after police established that an unattended package found on the outside of the north fence line was not hazardous. According to The Hill, Lafayette Square, across from the White House was also cleared.

Reporters and construction crews were evacuated and told to go inside the building by members of the U.S Secret Service.

U.S. President Donald Trump was traveling to state of Arizona for a scheduled campaign rally.

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Gabby Morrongiello, a reporter with the DC Examiner tweeted out that everyone was sent to the Briefing Room while the Secret Service investigated.

The US Secret Service officers cleared the near-by area as soon as the incident was alarmed; pedestrians and other people around the area which is near to the Pennsylvania Avenue have been safeguarded.

The news comes on the heels of a report of a suspicious package discovered on the steps of House side of the U.S. Capitol. In the recent months many such incidents have come to fore and some of them had to do with suspicious packages being found in the premises as well as some fence jumping incidents.