White House fence to be upgraded

2015-05-07 21:17
Police secure the area in front of the White House in Washington after blasts rocked the finish line of the Boston marathon. (Mladen Antonov, AFP)

Police secure the area in front of the White House in Washington after blasts rocked the finish line of the Boston marathon. (Mladen Antonov, AFP)

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Washington - The Secret Service is planning to attach a second layer of steel spikes to the top of the White House fence to keep would-be fence-jumpers out.

The plan to improve security along the White House perimeter is described in a project proposal submitted by the National Park Service to the National Capitol Planning Commission.

The commission is expected to approve the plan at a hearing on Thursday. The half-inch steel spike additions will be snapped into place at the top of the fence and protrude outward, according to a diagram included in the proposal submitted for the Secret Service, which protects the president.

Changes to the fence are being made months after a man with a knife was able to climb over the barrier and run deep into the White House.

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