White House Locked Down Before President Obama Left for Selma

Vendor cart fire near North Lawn prompted lock-down, says Secret Service.

ByChristopher Good and George Sanchez
March 07, 2015, 1:55 PM
PHOTO: The White House pool waits in the press briefing room as the Secret Service locks down the White House on March 7, 2015.
The White House pool waits in the press briefing room as the Secret Service locks down the White House on March 7, 2015.
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— -- A fire outside the White House prompted Secret Service agents into a lock-down shortly before President Obama and the first family left for Selma, Alabama, today.

Washington, D.C, firefighters had contained the blaze at a vendor cart east of the North Lawn, said Secret Service officials. The first family was scheduled to leave the White House at 10:30 a.m. but left about an hour later than planned.

A K-9 also alerted Secret Service agents to a vehicle on 16th Street and Constitution Avenue, law enforcement officials said, but did not provide further details.

The first family will be in Selma later today, where President Obama was to make make a speech for the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," a landmark event of the civil rights movement.

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