The White House was the latest victim of swatting on Monday morning.
Fire trucks and ambulances rushed to the White House after a caller told 911 dispatchers someone was trapped inside with the building on fire.
“DC Fire and EMS spokesman Noah Gray told The Post the tip came in at 7:03 a.m,” the New York Post reports.
Joe Biden was at Camp David when the call came.
D.C. fire and emergency services dispatched 13 units in response.
Fire trucks and ambulances swarmed the White House on Monday morning after a caller told 911 dispatchers the building was on fire and someone was trapped inside in what appears to be a 'swatting' incident.
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The New York Post reports:
Crews were rolling one minute later “and in coordination with the Secret Service, it was determined there was no fire emergency.”
The firefighters “returned to service at 7:16 a.m.” Gray said, indicating the scare was over quickly.
President Biden was at Camp David in Maryland when the incident occurred.
The White House declined to comment and referred questions to the Secret Service, which did not immediately issue a statement.
Politicians from both parties have been affected by so-called “swatting” incidents in recent weeks, where phony calls are made to dispatch a heavily armed response team to terrify the target.
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🚨Weird News: The White House was swatted after a prank caller claimed the residence was on fire. pic.twitter.com/9gUwP0BFCA
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Per Daily Mail:
Someone who was reached at the callback number for the 911 report indicated they did not place it, a source told the Associated Press, indicating it was likely spoofed.
Biden is scheduled to return to the White House on Monday afternoon after spending the better part of the day in Philadelphia for a service event in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The United States has seen a ramp up ‘swatting’ incidents, which is where a false report is made to police with the express purpose of luring them to a location.Advertisement
Law enforcement experts say the calls are a product of a hostile political climate during an intense presidential election season. Politicians like Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, Florida Republican Senator Rick Scott, and special counsel Jack Smith have all ben victims of it.
Last week, police in Nassau County, Long Island, responded to the home of Judge Arthur Engoron, who is presiding over Donald Trump’s civil fraud case, after receiving a call about a bomb threat. A county police department spokesman said they are investigating it as a ‘swatting incident.’
The Justice Department has expressed concern about the threats.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said last week that they are investigating an increasing number of threats to public figures.