A man was arrested Monday afternoon after climbing over a security barrier and dropping a backpack on the south side of the White House, according to D.C. police and the U.S. Secret Service.

The incident occurred about 12:30 p.m. near the Ellipse and E Street Northwest, authorities said.

The man who was arrested on the sidewalk outside the White House grounds was identified by D.C. police as Alexander Thomas Miner, 29. The police said he had no fixed address. They did not say why he did what he did.

The Secret Service said the man was being charged with unlawful entry and taken to a D.C. police station for booking. Authorities said the backpack was deemed safe; they would not describe its contents.

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