Man Arrested For Throwing Firecrackers Over White House Fence

The scare occurred about 12 hours after the deadly mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.

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A shoeless man tossed firecrackers over a fence and onto the White House lawn Monday afternoon before being tackled and immediately arrested by three Secret Service officers.

Uniformed officers ordered journalists standing in the White House driveway inside the building after the loud popping sound was heard.

The incident happened just hours after 34-year-old Aaron Alexis opened fire inside the Washington Navy Yard, killing at least 12 people. The shooter was also killed at the scene.

In the aftermath of the shooting, the U.S. Senate complex was put on partial lockdown out of "an abundance of caution."

White House still shut down after guy arrested throwing firecrackers. Press finally allowed to leave

Josh Lederman

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White House still shut down after guy arrested throwing firecrackers. Press finally allowed to leave

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Reporters at the scene initially mistook the firecracker sounds for gun shots.

Ed Henry

@edhenryTV

heard shots outside wh gate --

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i heard two pops like gunfire then a secret service officer engaged

Ed Henry

@edhenryTV

i heard two pops like gunfire then a secret service officer engaged

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Ah - Secret Service says a dude threw firecrackers over the White House fence - it wasn't shots.

Patricia Zengerle

@ReutersZengerle

Ah - Secret Service says a dude threw firecrackers over the White House fence - it wasn't shots.

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