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Pa. Man Arrested for Making Bomb Threat Outside White House

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Authorities investigate a suspicious vehicle near the White House. (credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

Authorities investigate a suspicious vehicle near the White House. (credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A 44-year-old Pennsylvania man has been arrested after police say he made a bomb threat outside the White House early Wednesday morning.

Officials say Krzysztof Wasik of Hazle Township, Pa. approached an officer at the White House gates Wednesday morning and warned that a bomb would detonate in a truck parked in the 800 block of Vermont Avenue.

His threats prompted a large-scale investigation by the Secret Service, Metropolitan Police and Park Police.

Wasik is charged with making felony threats and is being held pending a court appearance. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

Authorities established a large perimeter and closed area streets for nearly two hours. The Vermont Avenue entrance to the McPherson Square Metro Station was also closed for a time.

Streets were reopened after nothing dangerous was found inside the truck.

Crime scene tape wrapped pylons along Pennsylvania Avenue by the White House, blocking pedestrian traffic, as the investigation continued.

Photos: Large Police Presence At Suspicious Vehicle Investigation

A “fair amount of security,” including the Secret Service technical support team and K-9 units were at the scene according to WNEW reporter Kevin Patrick.

At the time, authorities would only describe the situation as a police emergency. Patrick says responding officers had a serious demeanor were “not messing around.”

WNEW’s Kevin Patrick contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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