BREAKING – White House on security lockdown over unattended package nearby

The White House is seen with the Washington Monument (L) behind it and the Jefferson Memorial (R) in Washington, May 1, 2011. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

UPDATE: All Clear After Unattended Package Put White House On Lockdown

The White House was placed on a security lockdown on Wednesday because of an unattended package found across the street in Lafayette Park, a Secret Service spokeswoman said.

President Barack Obama was not at the White House at the time of security procedure.

Bomb technicians and the D.C. fire department were called to the scene, Secret Service spokeswoman Nicole Mainor told Reuters.

No persons are allowed into or out of the White House building during lockdowns.