The White House Was Locked Down Because of a Yoga Mat

Update | A little downward dog in front of the White House? Bad karma!

Two individuals were taken into Secret Service custody for throwing “unknown objects” over the north fence line — and one object was first reported to be a yoga mat but turned out to be a notebook.

The Secret Service also tweeted that one male suspect had been arrested and taken in by local police.

The White House was on lockdown for about 45 minutes Monday morning, with members of the media scurrying from their North Lawn posts. The Secret Service initially took to Twitter to described the situation as merely “an incident at the north fence line, along Penn. Ave. Area.”

An agent later revealed to the television pool that the lockdown was yoga-related, according to NBC News.

Lockdowns are common in and around the White House—and given Monday’s 16th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks and the fifth anniversary of the Benghazi attack, security was likely higher than normal. Usually, the lockdowns occur due to suspicious packages being left near fences surrounding the White House.

President Donald Trump had just finished a 9/11-themed speech at the Pentagon—where 189 people died on September 11, 2001 —when the lockdown was announced, according to The Washington Examiner.

 

The White House was last put on lockdown Thursday, when a suspicious vehicle had been spotted near the north fence but it was “cleared.”

On August 22, the Secret Service moved the press and construction workers inside the White House due to a “suspicious package,” though Trump had been aboard Air Force One at the time.

This story has been updated to include the Secret Service’s statement on what objects were thrown over the White House’s North Lawn fence.

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