According to an official with the United States Secret Service, an individual attempted to climb the White House fence Friday afternoon, prompting a lockdown.
The person was taken into custody by Park Police and Secret Service Officers.
An all-clear has been issued.
The Secret Service official said the climber had two bags in his possession. Officers on scene declared the bags "suspicious" and called the Metro Police Deptartment's Explosive Ordinance Division to screen them.
The security official tells NBC News that there is nothing that suggested the bags were dangerous but that this process is normal protocol.
President Barack Obama is traveling today in Michigan, where he signed the new farm bill.
First published February 7 2014, 12:18 PM
Kristen Welker was named NBC News White House correspondent in December 2011. Welker has traveled domestically and internationally with President Barack Obama, the first lady, and Vice President Joe Biden, including extensive coverage on the campaign trail during the 2012 election. Her reports appear across all platforms of NBC News, including â€œNightly News with Brian Williams,â€ â€œTODAY,â€ â€œMeet the Press,â€ MSNBC and NBCNews.com.
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