This just in:
An officemate told me that there was a bomb scare on the other side of the White House. Traffic and pedestrians were restricted from travelling. Apparently, a homeless guy had left a trash bag filled with his stuff on the sidewalk, and inside the bag was a fire alarm with a dying battery, so the thing was beeping, and people thought it was a bomb. The Bomb squad shot the bag with a water cannon (not sure how that is safe) and later discovered the fire alarm.
Don’t believe us? Well, just as we finished typing, NBC4 filed this report.