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Drone that crashed into White House grounds owned by government employee: sources

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The south side of the White House is seen January 26, 2015 in Washington, DC.  A small aerial drone was found on the grounds of the White House but poses no threat, a spokesman for President Obama said on Monday. Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said he did not have details about the size or type of the drone, but he said the Secret Service was investigating. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

The south side of the White House is seen January 26, 2015 in Washington, DC. A small aerial drone was found on the grounds of the White House but poses no threat, a spokesman for President Obama said on Monday. Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said he did not have details about the size or type of the drone, but he said the Secret Service was investigating. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON D.C. (PIX11) – A drone flew over the White House and crashed into a tree inside the gates, sources told CNN Monday.

The drone, which apparently took off in a neighborhood east of the White House, was first spotted by Secret Service.  According to sources, an investigation revealed it was owned by a government employee.

There is no suspected terror threat, and it is believed the employee was flying it for recreational purposes.