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By Emily Price
September 11, 2017

The White House was put on lockdown Monday morning over what initially appeared to be a yoga mat was thrown over the north fence, Newsweek reports.

According to NBC, Secret Service initially told reporters that the lockdown, which lasted roughly 45 minutes, happened because someone threw a sign and a yoga mat over the fence.

Later, the “yoga mat” was identified as a notebook (must have been a fairly large one). Both items were “deemed nonhazardous.”

It’s not uncommon for the White House to have a lockdown. Most often, those occur when “suspicious packages” are left along the fence surrounding the property. Since Monday is the 16th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, security was heightened at the time of the incident.

President Trump was not in the residence at the time of the incident. He was speaking at the Pentagon, where 189 people died during the September 11, 2001 attacks.

No word on what might have been written on the panic-inspiring sign or notebook.

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