White House on lockdown after suspicious package found

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Members of the Secret Service Uniformed Divison patrol alongside the security fence around the perimeter of the White House in Washington, DC, March 18, 2017. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON  — The Secret Service has placed the White House on lockdown after a suspicious package was found near the grounds of the building.

The agency says they have established a “security perimeter” and moved members of the public and media to a safe distance. They also warn that some roads may be closed while they investigate.

This is the third time alarms have been raised at the White House.

Earlier this month a man was able to jump the White House fence and evade Secret Service for about 15 minutes.

A woman from Everett, Washington attempted to jump the White House fence last week but got tangled up by her shoelaces.