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White House Evacuation: Where was Obama?

According the Reuters, the White House was evacuated and put on lockdown at around 7:30 PM Eastern time immediately after someone hopped the fence, making it into the compound, just after President Obama had left the premises.

 

White House staff and reporters were evacuated on Friday night by the Secret Service because an intruder was spotted running on the grounds of the complex shortly after President Barack Obama had left the building, witnesses said.

Obama had just left aboard the Marine One helicopter for Camp David, the presidential retreat in nearby Maryland, when armed, uniformed Secret Service personnel ordered the press corps and members of the White House staff to evacuate.”

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Sandra Maler and Bill Trott; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Update:

“White House staff and reporters returned to the building after being briefly evacuated on Friday night because of an intruder on the grounds, a witness said.

President Barack Obama had just left aboard the Marine One helicopter for Camp David, the presidential retreat in nearby Maryland, when armed, uniformed Secret Service personnel ordered the press corps and members of the White House staff to evacuate.

They were allowed back in after about half an hour, the witness said, after being evacuated around 7:30 local time.

A Secret Service officer said the alert was sparked by an intruder who jumped over the White House fence.”

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