White House was on temporary lockdown after airspace violation

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Barricades are raised on East Capitol Street as the U.S. Capitol and its office buildings were briefly evacuated amid concerns about a small aircraft in the area, in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWLP/ NBC NEWS/AP) – The White House and the U.S. Capitol were put on temporary lockdown after a small aircraft violated airspace rules in Washington D.C. on Tuesday morning, according to officials.

NBC News reports that fighter jets were mobilized and the North Lawn of the White House was cleared.

The lockdown was lifted less than 30 minutes after it was first reported by White House reporters. The evacuations were ordered as a precaution and lasted about half an hour.

The U.S. Secret Service said personnel at the White House were told to remain in place. That precaution was later lifted as well.

Capitol Police sent a notification of a potential threat shortly after 8:30 a.m., and the evacuations were ordered. People were allowed back in after about 30 minutes.

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