WASHINGTON – A man was taken into custody on Friday after telling the US Secret Service that he left explosives near the White House, authorities said.
Washington resident Ervin Pettaway, 33, was charged with a felony for making threats, the Secret Service said.
The incident occurred after President Donald Trump left the White House aboard the presidential helicopter for a nearby airbase, where he and first lady Melania Trump boarded Air Force One for an official trip to Asia.
Shortly before 9:30 am, Pettaway told a Secret Service on patrol in the vicinity of the White House that he had “dropped explosives” along Pennsylvania Avenue near the executive mansion.
Police cordoned off the area for about an hour as the Secret Service searched for explosives, but agents found only a cellphone belonging to Pettaway.