The lockdown was lifted less than 30 minutes after it was first reported by White House reporters.
“The White House was locked down this morning due to a potential violation of the restricted airspace in the National Capital Region,” a Secret Service spokesman told our reporters in a statement. “The lockdown has been lifted at this time.”
A small aircraft violated airspace rules in a restricted area, officials told the Associated Press. The North American Aerospace Defense Command said the plane was not considered hostile.
NBC also reported that a security alert was raised at the Capitol building.
Security alert going for the Capitol area right now. https://twitter.com/dougmillsnyt/status/1199326782572449794 …
Lockdown at the White House. A member of the Secret Service stands guard on Jackson Place near the White House.
U.S. Capitol Police confirmedthat access to the Capitol Complex buildings was halted “for a short time.” The situation was cleared at 9:12 a.m., Capitol Police said, about 45 minutes after the aircraft was first reported in the restricted airspace.