Secret Service: White House locked down after items thrown over fence

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The White House was locked down for the second time in two days on Wednesday after an unidentified male threw personal belongings over the north fence, the Secret Service said.

"The individual was immediately taken into custody by Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers," the agency said in a statement. It said protective sweeps of the north grounds of the executive mansion were ongoing, and that once completed, the lockdown would be lifted.

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Security closed Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House and Lafayette Park to the north. Several police cars sat in front of the White House with lights flashing.

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On Tuesday, the agency detained a person fleeing a robbery who jumped the west fence at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, which is on the White House Campus.

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