Firecrackers trigger scare at the White House

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The U.S. flag flies at half-staff at the White House in Washington on September 16, 2013 after the mass shooting at a naval base in Washington. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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by ALICIA A. CALDWELL

Associated Press

Posted on September 16, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 16 at 6:19 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service has arrested a man for tossing firecrackers over a fence at the White House.

A federal law enforcement official said the shoeless man was immediately arrested late Monday afternoon.

An Associated Press photographer heard what sounded like two gunshots outside the presidential residence. Three uniformed Secret Service officers arrested a middle-aged man. The man was white, with dark hair, a blue shirt and white shorts.

His white shoes lay on the ground near where the officer tackled him.

The incident happened just hours after at least one suspect opened fire inside the Washington Navy Yard, killing at least 12 people. A gunman was also killed.

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