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White House Briefly Evacuated

June 20, 2002

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ The White House was briefly evacuated Wednesday night. Staff were told by security agents that an unidentified aircraft was spotted circling in the restricted airspace over the executive mansion.

The evacuation was order just after President Bush returned to a building from a Republican fund-raising event at a downtown hotel.

Within 15 minutes of the evaucation, staff was allowed to return to the building.

The incident occurred just hours after a separate incident in which the nearby Federal Reserve building was evacauted because of a suspicious package, which turned out to be harmless.

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