White House security upgraded after bomb scare

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A man reportedly approached a checkpoint near the White House in a vehicle and claimed to have a bomb. The area is the start of a buffer zone between the main White House fence and the sidewalks.

It was the second scare at the White House on Saturday after a person earlier jumped over a bike rack in a buffer zone in front of the White House.

President Donald Trump is not at the White House.

MSNBC, citing press secretary Sean Spicer, reported someone jumped a security barrier outside the White House perimeter and was taken into custody before reaching the fence surrounding the White House grounds. Secret Service supervisors dismissed the gunfire as a gang-related shootout and the bullet holes were not discovered for six days.

The arrest Saturday comes on the heels of an incident March 10 in which an intruder carrying a backpack with mace and a letter for the President jumped the White House fence and was able to stay on the grounds for more than 15 minutes.

Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz dubbed the incident "a total and complete embarrassment". CNN reported the driver claimed to have a bomb. The Secret Service said Friday that last week's intruder was on the grounds for approximately 16 minutes before he was arrested.

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The agency said criminal charges were pending. The man remained in custody and the vehicle was being checked.

And just last week, a laptop was stolen from an agent in NY and remains missing, the agency said Friday, amid reports that the device contained floor plans of Trump Tower.

Trump resided in the luxury high-rise before moving into the White House.

The White House security level was raised and was briefly put on lockdown as Secret Service assessed the threat.

The Secret Servicre, made up of some 6,500 people, is tasked with protecting the USA president, former presidents and vice presidents, as well as foreign heads of state on official visits.