AP source: Man arrested near White House over drone

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White House on Lockdown After Reports of Drone Incident

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal law enforcement official says a man has been arrested after trying to launch a drone outside the White House fence.

The official said it was unclear if the person intended to fly the aircraft at the executive mansion or whether he was trying to take aerial photos.

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AP source: Man arrested near White House over drone
This handout photo provided by the US Secret Service appears to be a Parrot BeBop drone, seen in Lafayette Park across from the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 14, 2015. The U.S. Secret Service apprehended a man who was flying the small drone Thursday afternoon in a park outside the White House. (US Secret Service via AP)
An investigator from the U.S. Park Police carries bags of evidence in Lafayette Park near the White House May 14, 2015 in Washington, DC. A man was arrested after flying a remote control aerial vehicle over the fence on the north side of the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Investigators from the U.S. Park Police, the U.S. Secret Service, the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and other law enforcement agencies collect evidence in Lafayette Park across the street from the White House May 14, 2015 in Washington, DC. A man was arrested after flying a remote control aerial vehicle over the fence on the north side of the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
An investigator from the U.S. Park Police carries bags of evidence in Lafayette Park near the White House May 14, 2015 in Washington, DC. A man was arrested after flying a remote control aerial vehicle over the fence on the north side of the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Members of U.S. Secret Service Uniform Division keep people out of Lafayette Park as investigators collect evidence across the street from the White House May 14, 2015 in Washington, DC. A man was arrested after flying a remote control aerial vehicle over the fence on the north side of the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Members of U.S. Secret Service keep the public away from the White House May 14, 2015 in Washington, DC. The White House went on temporary lock down after a man was arrested after flying a remote control aerial vehicle over the fence on the north side of the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Investigators from the U.S. Park Police, the U.S. Secret Service, the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and other law enforcement agencies collect evidence in Lafayette Park across the street from the White House May 14, 2015 in Washington, DC. A man was arrested after flying a remote control aerial vehicle over the fence on the north side of the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Uniformed Secret Service Police officers patrol on bikes near the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 14, 2015, during a lockdown. A federal law enforcement official says a man has been arrested after trying to launch a drone outside the White House fence. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Uniformed Secret Service Police officers stand watch at Lafayette Park near the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 14, 2015, during a lockdown. A federal law enforcement official says a man has been arrested after trying to launch a drone outside the White House fence. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
A uniformed Secret Service Police officer holds visitors and pedestrians beyond the police line near the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 14, 2015, during a lockdown. A federal law enforcement official says a man has been arrested after trying to launch a drone outside the White House fence. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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The official was not authorized to publicly disclose the details of the incident and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The incident comes nearly four months after a quadcopter drone piloted by an off-duty U.S. intelligence employee landed on the White House lawn. The Secret Service said at the time that the landing appeared to be accidental and not a security threat.

The incident led the agency to focus more attention on drone-related security issues.

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