Streets near White House closed over suspicious package: Washington Post

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Streets near the White House were shut down temporarily on Wednesday because of a suspicious package, but the area has since been cleared, the US Secret Service said.

Secret Service spokeswoman Nicole Mainor said the package was cleared at 1.20pm, and there were no reports of other problems.

The Washington Post reported earlier on Wednesday that police were investigating a package found several blocks east of the White House at corner of 15th Street and F Street NW.

The Washington police department said in a Twitter post that streets were shut down in an area east of the White House, but did not give details about the police activity that prompted the closures.

A spokeswoman for the police department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.