US: Toddler slides through White House gate, alarms Secret Service

  • Reuters, Washington
  • Updated: Aug 08, 2014 18:48 IST

A toddler squeezed through the White House gates on Thursday evening, causing a brief security lockdown on Pennsylvania Avenue and amusing White House reporters awaiting late-breaking news on Iraq.

"We were going to wait until he learned to talk to question him, but in lieu of that he got a timeout and was sent on way with parents," secret service spokesperson Edwin Donovan said in a statement provided to White House reporters.

Secret service agents regularly close off the area due to suspicious packages near the White House, but pint-sized intruders are far less common.

US President Obama was about to address the nation on Iraq when the briefing was delayed because of the security breach on the North Lawn of the White House.

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