White House On Lockdown, Obama Not On Grounds

WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) - The White House was placed on a security lockdown on Wednesday because of an unattended package found across the street in Lafayette Park, a Secret Service spokeswoman said.

President Barack Obama was not at the White House at the time of security procedure.

Bomb technicians and the D.C. fire department were called to the scene, Secret Service spokeswoman Nicole Mainor told Reuters.

No persons are allowed into or out of the White House building during lockdowns.


(Reporting by Julia Edwards and Lisa Lambert; Editing by Doina Chiacu)