Wayward Party Balloons Trigger Latest White House Security Scare Click to Tweet

The latest security scare at the White House turned out to be nothing more than wayward party balloons drifting into secured airspace.

While lockdowns at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue are common — even the most innocuous-looking unattended package merits security measures around the U.S. president’s residence — the area is on especially high alert at the moment.

Several balloons lofted just above White House grounds early Sunday afternoon, prompting a White House lockdown before the all-clear was given about 10 minutes later, according to tweets from NBC Nightly News.

Sunday’s brief and apparently innocent violation followed recent serious incidents in the area. A Secret Service agent on Friday shot an armed suspect near the White House after reports of gunfire, according to an agency statement. The man was transported to a hospital with critical injuries.

Source: Wayward Party Balloons Trigger Latest White House Security Scare – Bloomberg Politics