A food cart-related incident put a delay on President Obama's travel plans this morning. "A security lockdown at the White House triggered by a loud bang just as President Barack Obama was due to leave was caused by a food vendor cart catching fire on a nearby street," says Reuters.
Photos posted to social media show a heavy cloud of smoke in the area, where it appears several food trucks and vendors were parked.
So this fire just broke out right outside the White House.... pic.twitter.com/jxMdPIgmRI— Will Sweet (@will_sweet1) March 7, 2015
As The Washington Times points out, "It’s common to see vendors, carts and trailers around the White House . . . Stands selling ice cream and bottled water can often be found on the sidewalks around the D.C. landmark."