Man tries to jump fence at White House, sparking lockdown

The U.S. flag is pictured at half staff at the White House in Washington, November 22, 2013, on the...

The U.S. flag is pictured at half staff at the White House in Washington, November 22, 2013, on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. (REUTERS/Jason Reed)

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, Last Updated: 1:53 PM ET

WASHINGTON -- A man with two suspicious bags attempted to climb a White House fence on Friday before being apprehended, leading to a security lockdown of the White House grounds.

A Secret Service spokesman said the man was taken into custody and his bags were being screened.

"He did not make it over the fence," a U.S. Secret Service spokesman said.

The area around the White House was shut down and reporters were not allowed to leave through one of the gates because of the incident.

President Barack Obama was travelling in Michigan at the time.


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