(Bloomberg) — The U.S. Secret Service searched a vehicle
near the White House after being alerted by a bomb-sniffing dog
Saturday, delaying the first family’s departure for the 50th
anniversary of the civil-rights march in Selma, Alabama.
As the White House press gathered near the South Lawn for
President Barack Obama’s departure, a loud noise was heard
shortly after 10 a.m. and the media was ushered back inside the
briefing room, according to pool reporters.
A street vendor cart “apparently had a smoke or fire
issue” that was contained, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary
said in an e-mail. There was no immediate indication the two
incidents were related.
Photos were posted on Twitter showing billowing smoke from
a souvenir stand near the White House.
The incidents delayed for 50 minutes Obama’s departure
along with his wife, Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia
and mother-in-law Marian Robinson for Andrews Air Force Base
near Washington. The first family boarded Air Force One around
11:30 a.m. and headed to Selma for the anniversary of the
historic march for voting rights.
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