London: The White House was placed under lockdown on Tuesday after a suspicious package was discovered on the premises.
“Secret Service and DC Police Department responding to an unattended package near the North Fence of the White House Complex,” the US Secret Service said in a tweet.
Pedestrian traffic along Pennsylvania Avenue between 15th and 17th streets and the area of LaFayette Park has been restricted due to law enforcement activity, the Secret Service added.
US media reported that President Donald Trump had left the White House earlier in the day to attend a rally in Arizona. Members of the press and construction crew present on the White House lawns have been cleared and instructed to go inside.