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White House Briefly On Lockdown Following Security Breach

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Members of the Secret Service Uniformed Division and DC Metro Police evacuate the area around Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House May 6, 2014 in Washington, DC. The area was locked down after the car was able to pass one of the road blocks protecting the White House campus. The two-block stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House was closed to automobile traffic by US President Bill Clinton in 1995 as a security measure. AFP PHOTO Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit shou | BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI via Getty Images

WASHINGTON, May 6 (Reuters) - A car that trailed an official motorcade on to Pennsylvania Avenue prompted a security lockdown at the White House on Tuesday.

A Secret Service spokesman said the car entered the security checkpoint at 17th Street and Pennsylvania and was immediately stopped by Secret Service uniformed officers.

The male driver was arrested and Washington DC police checked the car for explosives.

People were unable to leave the White House grounds while the car was being checked out. (Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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