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Lockdown After Mystery Drone Lands Inside the White House Grounds (UPDATE)

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UPDATE: The U.S. Secret Service is interviewing a "person of interest" connected to the crash of a quadcopter drone on the grounds of the White House early Monday morning, CNN reported.

Authorities say that it appears the drone was a recreational device and did not pose a threat to the White House, though the incident is under continued investigation.

A Secret Service official told CNN that the owner of the drone called in after seeing reports of the drone on the news.

A small drone landed on the grounds of the White House around 3 a.m. Monday, sending the building into lockdown as security investigated the device, NBC News reported.

News of the device's discovery began spreading after President Barack Obama’s Press Secretary Josh Earnest mentioned it in a briefing during Obama's ongoing trip to India.

A U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division officer stands between the temporary barricade and the fence line of the White House in Washington, DC, October 23, 2014. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) A U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division officer stands between the temporary barricade and the fence line of the White House in Washington, DC, October 23, 2014. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

It was not immediately clear how or why the drone had been landed inside the White House grounds, but the landing comes mere months after a series of alarming security failures at the official residence of the president.

This story has been updated.

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