The Secret Service arrested a man in Lafayette Park on Wednesday afternoon following suspicious activity near the White House, witnesses report. Reporters at the White House say the man threw something over the fence near the North Lawn, prompting a "suspicious package" response from law enforcement.
CNBC's Eamon Javers said he saw a black robot on the White House lawn:
Our live camera can see a black robot on tracks being maneuvered into position now by EOD techs on the WH North Lawn driveway.— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) December 4, 2013
According to the Associated Press's White House reporter and other journalists on Twitter, who ever threw the object was quickly arrested.
Secret Service says individual arrested for throwing object over the fence onto the WH grounds. Object under investigation.— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) December 4, 2013
@nicoleslavitt some kind of guy who threw an object over the WH fence. We're waiting to see what the object was...— Susan Crabtree (@susancrabtree) December 4, 2013
Witness Jon Rich took a photo of police cars by Lafayette Park as officials asked individuals to clear out and posted it to Twitter:
Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House was briefly cleared, but has since re-opened. Officials have not provided any information on what the object was, but we will update this story as details become available.