The driver of a car that drove up to a White House checkpoint late Saturday night claimed to have a bomb in his vehicle, law enforcement officials say. (Source: CNN)
Fire engines gathered near the White House late Saturday night. (Source: CNN)
(RNN) - The Secret Service detained a man who drove up to a White House checkpoint late Saturday night and claimed to have a bomb in his vehicle, CNN reports.
White House security was immediately upgraded, and the suspect vehicle was searched by a bomb squad technician and a robot.
Four hours after the claim was made, the checkpoint remained blocked, but several streets in the area, which had been closed, re-opened. Bomb technicians and additional security personnel left the area.
President Donald Trump was not in residence at the time of the incident. He is spending the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, FL.
The report comes after several recent breaches in White House security.
A man jumped over a bike rack Saturday afternoon, causing the White House to go into lockdown and the security level to be raised as Secret Service assessed the threat.
The individual was arrested within two minutes of jumping over the bike rack, according to CNN.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer praised the Secret Service's response on Twitter.