White House on lockdown after man wearing flag jumps fence

A man jumps the White House fence on Thanksgiving day. (Vanessa Pena via NBC News)

The White House was on lockdown Thursday after a man wearing an American flag jumped its newly upgraded fence while President Barack Obama and his family were inside the residence for the holiday, authorities said according to NBC News.

A man draped in American flag climbs over the fence surrounding the White House grounds Thursday. 

The man was apprehended about 2:45 p.m. ET on the North Lawn of the White House grounds — the “front door” side along Pennsylvania Avenue. Police said the man was carrying a manila folder, NBC Washington reported.

No further details were immediately available, but the situation was described as under control.

Fencing around the White House was bolstered with a new topping of sharp metal spikes beginning in June after an Army veteran pleaded guilty to scaling a White House fence with a folding knife last year.

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