White House cordoned off on false bomb threat

November 1, 2006 07:39

Traffic was blocked off several streets near the White House briefly after a man outside the Treasury Department falsely claimed to be carrying an explosive, the Secret Service said. A man told a uniformed Secret Service officer on 15th Street outside the Treasury, one block east of the White House, that he had an explosive device in his backpack, officials said. The man surrendered the backpack without a struggle, and Metropolitan Police determined there was no explosive in it, Bruce said.

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