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Emergency services sent to White House after hoax 911 call

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Several media outlets report that emergency workers responded to the White House after a 911 call where someone falsely claimed there was a fire

© Caroline Purser/Getty Images White House© Caroline Purser/Getty Images White House

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Emergency crews were called to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. on Monday. NW – the White House address – sent after a ‘swatting’ incident. Several media outlets, including CNN, are reporting that emergency responders responded to the White House after a 911 call in which a caller falsely claimed that someone was trapped in the building and that there was a fire.

According to reports from the White House press pool, President Joe Biden was at Camp David at the time of the call.

The White House did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for further details.

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CNN reports that the call “was traced to a fake number” and came in at 7:03 a.m. ET. “Multiple DC Fire and EMS units have been dispatched to the White House,” the outlet added. Less than ten minutes after the call came in, the situation was deemed ‘all clear’ after emergency services assessed the situation.

The call appears to be the result of a so-called “swatting” hoax, in which someone makes a false report of an emergency with the aim of luring law enforcement officers to a high-profile person’s home.

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Late last month, controversial Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was the target of a similar hoax, though police determined there was no actual emergency before anyone was sent to her home.

“I was just beaten. This is about the 8th time. Here at Christmas with my family. My local police are the GREATEST and should not have to deal with this,” Greene wrote in a message on X published on Christmas Day.

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Earlier this month, Judge Tanya Chutkan – the federal judge overseeing the election subversion case against former President Donald Trump – was the victim of a similar hoax at her home in Washington, DC, CNN reported.

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