White House On Lockdown After Vehicle Hits Security Barrier

White House On Lockdown After Vehicle Hits Security Barrier
Sputnik/ Alexey AgarishevUS23:36 23.02.2018(updated 23:56 23.02.2018) Get short URL

A white van slammed into a security barrier around 17th and E near the White House on Friday afternoon, prompting the Secret Service to put the grounds on lockdown. The driver has been apprehended, and no injuries were reported.

The “vehicle did not breach the security barrier of the White House complex,” Secret Service said in a statement. A White House statement added that no shots were fired.

The ramming occured at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House than the White House proper. The EEOB includes the offices of US Vice President Mike Pence, among other offices.

It is not clear if the incident was intentional or not, but the security barriers around the grounds are large and highly visible. The Secret Service Uniformed Division, a police force that defends the White House and other facilities, has apprehended the female driver.

Because of the visit of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to the White House, security has been elevated around the White House. Turnbull and US President Donald Trump were in the White House at the time of the incident.

More details to follow