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Secret Service: Egg roll participants should leave weapons at home

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The White House wants all children under 6 to know something about the egg roll on the South Lawn on Monday --- no guns, nunchucks or electric stun guns allowed.

U.S. Secret Service spokesman Marc Connolly said the information on the back of the official egg roll tickets is meant to give the public all the information it needs to avoid being "inconvenienced" when they seek access to the egg roll.

"No additional security measures are in force," Connolly said. "These items are never permitted on the grounds. It's just for informational purposes."

Connolly said the list is also designed to help those who travel to the White House on public transportation and would have no place to store rejected items. "We just want to streamline the screening process for the public so people don't bring things they can't have but have no car or other place to store them during the egg roll."

President Bush and first lady Laura Bush will host the event, which is open to the public and children 6 and under. Children roll dyed eggs with a spoon on the South Lawn, a tradition that dates to 1878 and the presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes.

Here is a complete list of items forbidden from the White House grounds for the egg roll:

--Aerosols of any kind

--Fireworks/firecrackers

--Animals (except guide dogs)

--Food of any kind

--Backpacks (oversized)

--Guns/ammunition

--Balloons

--Knives with blades over 3 inches

--Beverages of any kind

--Mace

--Chewing gum

--Nunchucks

--Duffle bags/suitcases

--Electric stun guns

Also, smoking is not allowed.



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