White House placed on lockdown for second time in a week due to suspicious package

The White House was placed on lockdown on Monday for the second time in less than a week after Secret Service responded to a suspicious package on Pennsylvania Avenue.


Reporters at the White House were ushered into the briefing room a short time after 11 a.m., though they were not given any information at the time.

Secret Service then tweeted that officers were responding to a suspicious package and that pedestrian traffic was closed along Pennsylvania Avenue outside the building and in Lafayette Park. 


President TrumpDonald John TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address MORE was at the White House at the time. His public schedule indicated that he was taking part in a photo with the 2019 presidential scholars around the time of the lockdown.

The Secret Service tweeted at about 12:30 p.m. that the package had been cleared. The lockdown was lifted a short time later.


Monday's incident was the second time in a span of less than a week that reporters at the White House were urged to remain inside the building.

The White House and nearby Lafayette Park were briefly placed on lockdown on Wednesday after an individual allegedly dropped a backpack and attempted to jump a bike rack near the perimeter of the building on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Trump was not at the White House at the time of that episode. 

Updated at 12:44 p.m.