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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 person was arrested Sunday night after climbing over the fence on the south side of the White House complex just before 10:30 p.m., WRC-TV reported.

Details on the climber were scarce.

"The person is in custody, and charges are pending," spokesman Brian Leary told WRC.

Leary told the Washington Post the person was carrying a package, later determined to be harmless.

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 Secret Service Uniformed Division officer stands between the temporary barricade and the fence line of the White House, Oct. 23, 2014. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Sunday's arrest was the latest in a series of recent fence-jumping incidents at the White House, including one individual who managed to make it deep into the mansion last fall, putting significant scrutiny on the Secret Service. In December, a government review called the agency "starved for leadership" amid several other high-profile lapses.

WRC noted that steel spikes will be bolted to the top of the White House fence in the next few weeks, and the National Park Service is considering raising the fence to 10 feet high to deter interlopers.

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