December 19, 2014
Security alert prompts US authorities to shut White House entrances
The US Secret Service cleared Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House today and closed one of its gates because of an unattended package in the area, witnesses said.
Pedestrians were told by the Secret Service and US Park Police that the area was closed.
White House staff and journalists were not allowed through the northwest gate at the White House but some personnel were allowed to use the east gate.