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.