White House bomb threat: man arrested after claiming to have device in car

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President Donald Trump was not in the White House at the time the bomb threat was made Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

A man is reportedly in custody after he drove up to a White House check point claiming to have a bomb in his car.

CNN said there was no confirmation of any device in the vehicle but that security at the White House had been upgraded.

Surrounding roads were closed as police checked the vehicle for explosives.

Images from the scene showed emergency vehicles swarming the area.

Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles)

Here is the scene on 17th St. Firetrucks and hazardous materials units on standby near the White House. pic.twitter.com/XU8Fdo864B

March 19, 2017
Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles)

On the other sides of the White House--15th and F likely near where the driver attempted to get onto the White House grounds. pic.twitter.com/s1qb1KyHQe

March 19, 2017

President Donald Trump was not at the White House at the time. He was spending the weekend at his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago.

It is the third security incident at the White House in a week. On 11 March a man a who scaled the White House fence was on the property’s grounds for 16 minutes before being detained. On Saturday, a person jumped over a bike rack in a buffer zone in front of the White House but was not able to make it over the fence into the grounds.

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