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Man Jumps Fence at White House

October 24, 2002

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ A man jumped the fence surrounding the White House Thursday morning and was immediately taken into custody, the Secret Service said.

The unidentified man threw an item into the fountain on the White House’s North Lawn before climbing over the fence, Secret Service spokesman John Gill said. The item, which Gill declined to describe, was determined not to be dangerous and the man was being interviewed by agents.

He was to be charged later with illegal entry, Gill said.

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