AP source: Man arrested near White House over drone

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
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)
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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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