White House on lockdown

White House on Lockdown Due to Airspace Violation — Fighter Jets Scrambled

This report was updated at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time. 

The White House was put on lockdown Tuesday and fighter jets were scrambled following an airspace violation, according to law enforcement officials. 

A small aircraft violated airspace rules in a restricted area, officials told The Associated Press.

“The White House was locked down this morning due to a potential violation of the restricted airspace in the National Capital Region,” a Secret Service spokesman said in a statement. “The lockdown has been lifted at this time.”

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The North Lawn of the White House was cleared, nearby roads were closed and no one was allowed into the compound. Reuters reported.


The Capitol building was also evacuated as a precaution. It returned to business after about half an hour.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command reportedly responded to the violation.

Security lockdowns are not uncommon around the White House.

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