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Secret Service limits sidewalk access south of White House

Secret Service limits sidewalk access south of White Houseā€

The new guidelines follow a March incident in which a man scaled the White House fence and remained on the property for 17 minutes.

It may become a bit more hard to snap a ideal selfie of yourself on the southern sidewalk near the White House.

In 2014, a second barricade was erected on the northern side of the building in response to a fence-jumper who was able to run through the doorway of the building while carrying a knife.

The changes are a part of an "ongoing comprehensive review" of security measures at the White House and its surrounding grounds, the Secret Service said in a statement Wednesday evening.

The changes went into effect late Wednesday.

One-hundred people have tried to breach the White House grounds in the past three years, Secret Service officials told USA Today. They reported last week that two Secret Service agents on duty that night have been told they will be fired.

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A week later the bike racks were breached in another incident, though the intruder did not make it to the actual White House fence. In addition, the agency has announced plans to raise the height of the fence and make it "tougher, taller and stronger", as a spokeswoman put it previous year.

"That vantage point ... is still there", Milhoan said. "It's still there. It's just going to be pushed back a little further".

The blocking of the sidewalk will not obstruct the public's ability to view the White House and no additional "physical" barriers will be installed, according to the Reuters report.

A new director has not yet been named. They include sidewalks, roadways and parkland areas between the south fence line of the White House and E Street NW, between West Executive Avenue and East Executive Avenue. "For us being the people, and this being our house, I think we should be able to get as close as possible", said Michelle Crawford, a tourist from Mississippi.

"From a security standpoint, it can be seen as a vulnerable area, " Milhoan said.



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