February 21, 2018 / 2:18 PM / 25 days ago

Secret Service reopens area around White House after suspicious car

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service reopened streets around the White House and allowed workers back into an evacuated building on Wednesday after authorities cleared a suspicious car parked nearby.

FILE PHOTO: A view of the White House is seen through the front gates in Washington, U.S., September 10, 2007. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

Two downtown blocks were reopened to traffic, the Secret Service said on Twitter, but areas near the White House remained closed to pedestrians.

Authorities had turned away federal workers heading to the New Executive Office Building and cleared pedestrians from sidewalks after a suspicious vehicle was reported. At least a dozen emergency vehicles responded.

About 100 White House staff were held in a park before authorities began letting some into the White House. Later, the Secret Service allowed staff at the new executive building, as well as the White House, to return to work.

Reporting by Makini Brice, Roberta Rampton, Ginger Gibson and Susan Heavey; Editing by David Alexander, Andrea Ricci and Jeffrey Benkoe

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