Person in custody after incident at White House gates: Secret Service

One person was in custody after a suspicious vehicle drove up to a White House checkpoint on Saturday night, the Secret Service said, after CNN reported that the driver claimed to have a bomb.

CNN, citing two law enforcement sources, said there was no confirmation of any device in the vehicle but that security at the White House had been upgraded.

The Secret Service said an unidentified driver was taken into custody after a suspicious vehicle approached a checkpoint, but made no mention of any claims of an explosive device.

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Spikes intended to discourage trespassers top the fence on the north side of the White House in Washington March 17, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
A secret service agent patrols in front of the White House in Washington November 27, 2015. A man who jumped the White House fence on Thursday, triggering a lockdown of the presidential mansion, was quickly caught and now faces criminal charges, the U.S. Secret Service said. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Security fencing is seen at the White House in Washington November 27, 2015. A man who jumped the White House fence on Thursday, triggering a lockdown of the presidential mansion, was quickly caught and now faces criminal charges, the U.S. Secret Service said. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
A restricted area sign is seen outside of the White House in Washington November 27, 2015. A man who jumped the White House fence on Thursday, triggering a lockdown of the presidential mansion, was quickly caught and now faces criminal charges, the U.S. Secret Service said. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
A restricted area sign is seen outside of the White House in Washington November 27, 2015. A man who jumped the White House fence on Thursday, triggering a lockdown of the presidential mansion, was quickly caught and now faces criminal charges, the U.S. Secret Service said. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
United States Secret Service personnel and government contractors begin work on the White House perimeter fence at the White House in Washington May 28, 2015. The black iron fence surrounding the White House will be topped with a row of sharp metal points (seen in between original fencing) in July, the U.S. Secret Service said, part of a series of security upgrades for the mansion where the president and his family live. REUTERS/Gary Cameron
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A member of the U.S. Secret Service stands guard in front of the North Lawn of the White House in Washington October 23, 2014. A man arrested after jumping the White House fence on Wednesday night has been charged with three felony counts and four misdemeanors, the U.S. Secret Service said on Thursday. Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Maryland, was unarmed when he was arrested on the White House grounds after facing Secret Service dogs that stopped and attacked him, the Secret Service said. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)
Members of the U.S. Secret Service patrol in front of the North Lawn of the White House in Washington October 23, 2014. A man arrested after jumping the White House fence on Wednesday night has been charged with three felony counts and four misdemeanors, the U.S. Secret Service said on Thursday. Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Maryland, was unarmed when he was arrested on the White House grounds after facing Secret Service dogs that stopped and attacked him, the Secret Service said. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)
U.S. Park Police stand along the sidewalk on Pennsylvania Ave. at a new layer of temporary fencing that appeared this week creating a wider buffer along the sidewalk in front of the White House in Washington, September 25, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT CRIME LAW)
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Several streets around the White House were closed.

Other authorities could not be reached immediately to confirm more details.

It was the second scare at the White House on Saturday after a person earlier jumped over a bike rack in a buffer zone in front of the White House.

U.S. President Donald Trump was in Florida at the time of both incidents.

In the first incident, the unidentified person was not able to make it over the fence into the grounds, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Twitter.

Two Secret Service agents reportedly tackled the individual in that incident, which occurred at the start of a buffer zone between the main White House fence and the sidewalks.

The Secret Service had been criticized after it said a man who scaled the White House fence last week was on the property's grounds for 16 minutes before being detained.

(Reporting by Chris Michaud; Editing by Paul Tait)

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