Pennsylvania Avenue in Front of White House Reopens to Pedestrians

Had been shut down for more than a week in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings

Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013  |  Updated 9:51 AM EDT
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More than a week after it was shut down in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House has reopened to pedestrian traffic.

The White House blocked pedestrian access on parts of Pennsylvania Avenue quickly after the April 15 explosions in Boston.

While the District had not received any credible, specific threats, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said late on the day of the bombings that authorities had beefed up security as a precaution. Tourists were also briefly evacuated from the Lincoln Memorial on the morning of April 16, but the security sweep was called routine.

On Tuesday morning, runners, cyclists, school groups and tourists returned to their normal amount of activity in front of the White House.

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