yoga mat White House lockdown

Who knew a yoga mat (or at least what appeared to be one) could pose a threat to national security and cause a White House lockdown? On September 11, a day when security around the White House in Washington, DC, USA, was already heightened due to the 16th anniversary of the Twin Towers, two items were thrown over the fence. Reportedly, the items first appeared to be a yoga mat and a sign.

According to a report in Newsweek, the White House lockdown lasted for 45 minutes as Secret Service assessed the situation and identified what the items thrown over the fence actually were.

Journalists reportedly scurried from their posts on the North Lawn when Secret Service initially told them that the lockdown was yoga mat-related.

US Secret Service Stayed on top of the White House Lockdown

Secret Service kept the public updated on the events via Twitter, informing everyone that due to the White House lockdown, the street along Pennsylvania Avenue and Lafayette Park would be closed to pedestrians as they investigated.

Initially two people were put into custody in relation to the objects thrown over the North Lawn fence which lead to the White House lockdown.

But the yoga mat turned out to be a notebook. It was not revealed what, if anything, was written on either the sign or the notebook.

Both items were deemed “non-hazardous” and an as yet unidentified man was arrested and sent to the DC Police Department, according to a tweet by US Secret Service.

The 45th President of the United States was not present at the White House at the time of the lock down. At the time, he had just finished a speech at the Pentagon Memorial which was the site of another airplane attack on September 11, 2001.


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