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US Secret Service responds to suspicious vehicle near White House

16:52  21 february  2018
16:52  21 february  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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ALERT: Secret Service Agents and Officers are responding to a suspicious vehicle near 17th street NW. — U.S. Secret Service (@ SecretService ) February 21, 2018. Explosive Ordinance Detection unit finally cleared the vehicle at 6:22am and subsequent road closures were lifted, with the exception

At least a dozen emergency vehicles responded . Police are seen searching a suspicious vehicle near the White House , Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 in Washington. The Secret Service said the New Executive Office Building, left, was evacuated and a portion of 17th Street had been closed to vehicle

White House in Washington D.C. © Corbis White House in Washington D.C. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service evacuated a government office building near the White House, closed down adjacent streets and cleared pedestrians from sidewalks on Wednesday in response to a suspicious vehicle in the area.

The Secret Service said in a post on Twitter that two blocks bordering the White House had been closed to traffic. Witnesses said authorities turned away federal workers heading to the New Executive Office Building and cleared pedestrians from sidewalks.

At least a dozen emergency vehicles had responded to the scene. About 100 White House staff members were held in a park before authorities began letting some into the White House.

(Reporting by Makini Brice, Roberta Rampton, Ginger Gibson and Susan Heavey; Editing by David Alexander and Andrea Ricci)

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