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Man tells police drone crash at White House was accidental

1 year 10 months 1 week ago January 26, 2015 Jan 26, 2015 Monday, January 26 2015 January 26, 2015 12:27 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Josh Lederman and Joan Lowy

WASHINGTON - A man has come forward to say he was responsible for the drone that crashed early Monday on the White House grounds.

A U.S. official says the man made contact with the Secret Service after reports of the crash spread in the media. The man told the Secret Service that he was using the drone recreationally and didn't mean to fly it over the White House.

The official says the operator of the drone is a Washington resident and that he's cooperating with investigators. Secret Service agents are now interviewing other people to corroborate the man's story. The official says investigators don't currently have any reason to doubt the man's story.

The official wasn't authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation publicly and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

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