Transcript for Drone Flying Near Capitol and White House Causes Chaos
We're going to turn now to that developing story out of Washington. Tense moments in the nation's capital for a time today. The white house on lockdown for almost an hour. A drone the size of an iPad flying nearby. A man tackled after launching a drone just beyond the white house fence. It comes just weeks after that gyro continuer landed on the cap top lawn. ABC's Pierre Thomas tonight. Reporter: The threat of another drone flying onto the white house grounds led to a massive response from authorities including hazmat teams and a lockdown at the nation's most famous address. The drone was flying here in Lafayette park, about 100 meet in the air. The secret service detained the man flying it. They say it never made over the white house fence. They chased him, it was a dog that kind of put him down and then they put him in handcuffs. Reporter: A short time later, authorities discovered this tiny drone, about a foot long, equipped with a camera and controlled by a tablet. But small or not, the secret service and other agencies are swarming at the slightest hint of a security threat after a recent spate of breaches in the nation's capital. It was only weeks ago that a U.S. Postal worker flew a gyrocopter through restricted airspace over the Washington mall and onto the capitol grounds. Another recreational drone landed on the white house lawn last January. And the secret service still addressing security concerns after this man jumped the fence and made his way inside the white house. So many of these incidents in recent months, Pierre. What kind of charges could this man face? Reporter: David, the drone issue is so new, there are no serious charges on the books. We're told the suspect faces a citation. The equivalent of a speeding ticket. A citation. Pierre Thomas at the white house tonight. Pierre, thank you.
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