The White House was on lockdown early Monday morning as the Secret Service combed the perimeter after discovering a small device on the grounds. That device has now been described as a small drone.
According to the White House, there’s no indication that the device posed any threat.
“There is a device that has been recovered by the Secret Service at the White House. The early indications are that it does not pose any sort of ongoing threat to anybody at the White House,” said press secretary Josh Earnest. He’s currently with President Obama and the First Lady, who are both in India.
UPDATE: Device found on #WhiteHouse grounds is possibly an unmanned aerial drone http://t.co/LtRlto5moQ pic.twitter.com/rhyaMVDhpa
— TODAY (@TODAYonline) January 26, 2015
Drone lands inside White House grounds http://t.co/6hXLUZQfC1 pic.twitter.com/X3UhPKB5mo
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 26, 2015
It’s illegal to operate drones in Washington D.C. It’s just plain dumb to fly them over the White House.