A government employee crashed a small quad-copter drone on the South Lawn of the White House on early Monday morning, telling the Secret Service he didn't intentionally fly it near the complex. President Obama and Michelle Obama are on a three-day visit in India, but Malia and Sasha are still in Washington.
The drone was reportedly being flown around 3:00 a.m. near 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but the pilot lost control and it crashed near the White House.
"There is a device that has been recovered by the Secret Service at the White House," said Josh Earnest, White House press secretary, in a statement to the media. "The early indications are that it does not pose any sort of ongoing threat to anybody at the White House."
The Secret Service is interviewing additional people to corroborate the unknown government worker's story, though don't have evidence to believe there was malicious intent.