Fence jumper at White House sparks evacuation
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Part of the White House was evacuated Thursday night after a disturbance on the North Lawn, according to a CNN reporter who was among those hustled from the building.
Witnesses reported seeing a man running across the property. The man made it “just feet away” from the front door of the White House, CNN reporters on the scene said.
It’s unclear how the man made his way onto the grounds.
The incident occurred shortly after President Obama and his daughters departed the South Lawn on their way to Camp David.
A CNN crew saw Secret Service agents standing over what appeared to be a man on the North Portico.
A man believed to be the suspect was later seen being loaded onto an ambulance.
More than an hour later, Secret Service agents and dogs were seen standing near where the disturbance occurred.
CNN White House producer Becky Brittain said she has never been evacuated off White House grounds in her nine years of reporting there.
“This time they were very serious about getting us all out of the White House very quickly,” she said.