A small two-foot drone crashed on the White House grounds early Monday morning.
The device was flying very low to the ground when it ultimately crashed on the southeast side of the complex at 3:08 a.m. The crash initiated “an immediate alert and lockdown of the complex until the device was examined and cleared,” a Secret Service spokesman said this morning.
The New York Times has reported that the quad copter drone belonged to a government employee who was flying the drone for recreational purposes in an area near the White House. All indications show that the Secret Service believe the story.
“There is a device that has been recovered by the Secret Service at the White House,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. “The early indications are that it does not pose any sort of ongoing threat to anybody at the White House.”
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President Obama and his wife Michelle are currently in India, but their daughters, Mali and Sasha, are in Washington.
The Secret Service is still investigating the breach and has not released any other information.
Today's breach is just the latest in a series of incidents that have occurred under the watch of the Secret Service. Many questioned its ability to protect the President last year when an intruder jumped the fence and ran into the White House untouched. Earlier this month, four executive Secret Service officials were demoted.