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(WASHINGTON) — There was a brief lockdown at the White House on Saturday afternoon after a woman threw an apple core over the fence line of the South Lawn, a Secret Service spokeswoman said.

The incident occurred at approximately 4:34 p.m., according to spokeswoman Nicole Mainor, who said the Secret Service questioned the woman before sending her on her way.

Officers initially didn’t know what the object was that the woman threw over the fence, which is what prompted the lockdown. It lasted less than 10 minutes before the fence line areas were reopened to the public.

Mainor did not give any more information on the woman who threw the apple core, other than saying she was “old enough to know better.”

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