White House Locked Down Over 'Unattended Package'; Reporters Spread News on Twitter

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The White House was in lockdown Thursday afternoon because of an "unattended package" near the North Lawn fence, according to reporters who were on the scene.

Those reporters had been told to stay in the press area while the Secret Service conducted its investigation, and the media used Twitter to get the news out. 

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ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl and ABC News chief business and economic correspondent Rebecca Jarvis were among those tweeting the news.

Meanwhile, NBC News is reporting that Lafayette Park, located across the from the White House, also was cleared.

The lockdown was put in place around 4 p.m. EDT, and the all-clear was given around 20 minutes later, according to a tweet sent out by CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller.

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