Drone Found on White House Grounds
- By Matt Holden
- Jan 26, 2015
A two-foot quad copter drone was found in the middle of the night at the White House, according to reports.
The U.S. Secret Service is investigating, White House spokesman John Earnest said, but the aircraft did not pose a threat to the building. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were in India, but their daughters were at the White House.
According to a law enforcement official, the drone landed in a tree just after 3 a.m. on the southeast side of the complex.
"An investigation is underway to determine the origin of this commercially available device, motive, and to identify suspects," said Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary.
The Secret Service established a security perimeter around the White House, restricting access, as agents searched the bushes lining the mansions driveway.
This comes after previous security breaches at the White House, such as when a man with a knife hopped the fence in September and made it into the building before being subdued.
Matt Holden is an Associate Content Editor for 1105 Media, Inc. He received his MFA and BA in journalism from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He currently writes and edits for Occupational Health & Safety magazine, and Security Today.