Secret Service expands security at White House
by Associated Press Wire
April 15, 2013 05:50 PM | 548 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
President Barack Obama waves at the end of a ceremony honoring the BCS National Champion University of Alabama Crimson Tide at the White House in Washington, Monday, April 15, 2013. The White House says President Barack Obama has been notified about the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
President Barack Obama waves at the end of a ceremony honoring the BCS National Champion University of Alabama Crimson Tide at the White House in Washington, Monday, April 15, 2013. The White House says President Barack Obama has been notified about the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service expanded its security perimeter at the White House on Monday following the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said the measure was taken “out of an abundance of caution” and noted that it was not unusual to expand or contract the security perimeters.

President Barack Obama was briefed on the explosions by FBI Director Robert Mueller and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The White House said the president also spoke with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino and pledged to provide whatever federal support was needed in responding to the incident.

Vice President Joe Biden was on a conference call with gun control activists when staffers turned on televisions in his office Monday to view coverage of the explosions. He said during the call that his prayers were with those in Boston.

The Secret Service, as part of its expanded security near the White House, shut down Pennsylvania Avenue, cordoning off the area with yellow police tape. Several Secret Service patrol cars also blocked off the entry points to the road.

The White House was not on lockdown and tourists and other onlookers were still able to be in the park across the street from the executive mansion.

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