Twitter Had Lots Of Theories About Those Flashing Red Lights On The White House

The Secret Service today provides the not-too-dramatic answer.

Late on Sunday, videos and photos of flashing red lights seemingly going off inside the White House started making their way around Twitter.

A local Fox station, which had its camera feed pointed at the White House, said the flashes could be seen around 8:30 p.m. EDT from windows on the executive mansion’s second-floor. “The lights seemed to be strobing inside the building,” the news station wrote on its Facebook page. “We’re working to find out what those were.”

No explanation was immediately available from the White House, so naturally Twitter users started offering up some thoughts:

Fox 35 anchor Tom Johnson tweeted that the lights eventually turned off, and it could have been a reflection of sirens or from something happening on the street.

Apparently, Johnson’s speculation was correct. The New York Post reported Monday that the Secret Service said a medical incident occurred outside the White House grounds, and the lights were a reflection from the emergency vehicles responding to the matter.

“The red lights had nothing to do with the White House,” the newspaper quoted a Secret Service spokesperson as saying.