- The Washington Times - Monday, September 16, 2013

The Secret Service arrested a man for throwing firecrackers over a fence in front of the White House Monday, just hours after a shooting left more than a dozen people dead at Washington’s Navy Yard.

The firecracker incident prompted rumors of another shooting in a city where security has been noticeably tightened, but the fears were unfounded.

The man was immediately arrested, and bystanders in the area reported hearing sirens responding to the incident.

The Associated Press reports the man was barefoot when he was arrested, with white shoes laying nearby.

He was described as “white, with dark hair, a blue shirt and white shorts.”

A former federal law enforcement officer told The Washington Times it’s not uncommon for rumors of more shootings to start after an attack has happened.

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