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Drone crash-lands near White House

A drone crash-landed near the White House Friday morning, police say.

Police in Washington said that the drone's operators were flying it near the Washington Monument early in the morning.

The drone went down on the Ellipse, a grassy area outside of the security perimeter near the White House South Lawn.

The two operators were issued criminal citations, CBS News correspondent Chip Reid reports.

Authorities tell CBS News that there was no reason to believe the drone was connected to a terrorist threat.

People gather at the Ellipse to watch the departure of President Obama, aboard Marine One, from the White House Aug. 27, 2015, in Washington.
People gather at the Ellipse to watch the departure of President Obama, aboard Marine One, from the White House Aug. 27, 2015, in Washington. Alex Wong/Getty Images
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