Bag tossed over White House fence prompts brief lockdown

The North Lawn of the White House. (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON (NewsChannel 8) -- The White House was temporarily on lockdown Thursday evening after a black bag was tossed over fence onto the driveway of the North Lawn.

The suspicious package was thrown over the fence about 5:20 p.m. and a section of Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House was closed while it was examined

The U.S. Secret Service said it first used a robot to inspect the bag before having an agent in a bomb suit take a closer look.

After about an hour, it was determined the unidentified bag did not pose a safety risk. No further details were provided.

There were reports that a man was taken into custody at the scene, but the Secret Service did not immediately confirm it.