Drone Found On White House Grounds

Drone Found On White House Grounds

( 4UMF NEWS ) Drone Found On White House Grounds:

The Secret Service said it recovered a 2-foot "quad copter" on the grounds of the White House early Monday and are investigating to find out where it came from.

"An investigation is underway to determine the origin of this commercially available device, motive, and to identify suspects," the Secret Service said in a statement. "As additional information becomes available we will update our statement."

Speaking with reporters during President Obama's trip to India, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said "the early indications are that it does not pose any sort of ongoing threat to anybody at the White House."

The Secret Service said that at 3:08 a.m. Monday one of its officers "heard and observed a 'quad copter' device, approximately two feet in diameter, flying at a very low altitude and ultimately crashing on the southeast side of the complex."

It landed on the South Grounds of the White House.

"There was an immediate alert and lockdown of the complex until the device was examined and cleared," the Secret Service said in its statement.

Officials locked down the perimeter around the White House in the early hours of Monday as officials examined the device.

"There is a device that has been recovered by the Secret Service at the White House," Earnest said.

The president and first lady Michelle Obama were in India when the incident happened. Officials did not say whether other members of the first family are at the White House.

This is the latest in a string of security breaches involving the White House, including the September incident in which an intruder jumped the fence and made his way inside the executive mansion.

It is illegal to fly anything in the restricted air space above and around the White House.

The breach occurred as the Federal Aviation Administration develops long-awaited rules for commercial unmanned aircraft.

Congress ordered FAA in 2012 to develop the rules for commercial drones — which can range from a few ounces to as big as an airliner — to share the skies with passenger aircraft. New rules are expected to be announced in September.

Brendan Schulman, an attorney in New York City who specializes in commercial drone law, said most drones are in "the consumer device category" and weigh no more than three pounds.

They are often used for photography, he said.