(CNN) - A woman hurled a shoe at Hillary Clinton on Thursday during a speech in Las Vegas, according to the Secret Service.
She ducked and it missed her, joking afterward about the incident that occurred during an appearance before a recycling trade group.
"My goodness, I didn't know solid waste management was so controversial," she quipped.
"Thank goodness she didn't play softball like I did," she added.
The Secret Service took the woman into custody. They said she was not a ticketed guest and slipped past hotel security.
She was not named and only identified as a protester. But it was not clear what she was protesting.
The incident happened shortly after Clinton took the stage to address the meeting at the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino.
Mark Carpenter, spokesman for The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, said the woman was not affiliated with his group and was not credentialed for the event.
He said she "must have slipped under the rope at the last second."
"I saw papers fly when the protester stood up. I saw papers flying in the air," he said.
Carpenter said there were about 1,000 people in attendance.
Clinton's appearance is the latest in a series of high-profile speaking engagements for the former secretary of state since leaving the Obama administration. She is considered the overwhelming favorite for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 presidential race.
CNN's Dan Merica contributed to this report.
I'm no Clinton supporter, but that's way out of line. I'm glad she was arrested. It was totally uncalled for. We need an over all return to civility in this country. Despite our differences, we are still Americans.
While Hillary tried to make lite of the incident, you can bet deep down inside she's concerned. Maybe it's time for her to start realizing that not all women like nor support her. Hey, do you think her corrupt allies in the (TV) media will show the incident OVER and OVER like they did with president Bush?
When President George Bush had a shoe thrown at him by a reporter, the American press basically made him a hero. Hillary has a shoe thrown at her and the American press is presenting it as disrepectful.
"Can't the conservatives come up with anything original, they've resorted to stealing ideas from Muslims now."
Little difference between extreme Al Queda muslim terrorists and the white Tea Party home grown domestic terrorists from the right.
Equally extreme religious fanatics – all of who should be eradicated.
Well it is just fair. Like Bush, Ms.Clinton is responsible for invading a sovereign country under false pretenses and causing 1000's of US solders to die. Oh wait, she didn't.
Sometimes a shoe is just not big enough...
Bwahahaha! That's Hillaryous! Nobody wants another liar president. Go home!
I hope the woman is mentally ill. If this was a protest, then it is sad for our country when people cannot protest civilly.
Don: You expressed my sentiments exactly.
This was an "in depth" report? What does a CNN superficial report entail?
Bad form. Clearly the shoe tosser lacked any sense of decency.
But then, being a "tosser" in the UK is considered to be a very bad thing.
So perhaps we expect too much from the people who don't like her. Decency just isn't on their list.
don wins thread
@Sly... "Equally extreme religious fanatics – all of who (sic) should be eradicated"
Muslim extremists exist thanks to the CIA and the creation of Isreal. White Tea Party folks are protesting against Jewish banking interests stealing the land their forefathers settled.
If you need help with your Genocide ("eradication"), Orthodox Judaic fanatics have more experience than anyone. Good luck...
Typical angry rightwing l00ney being utterly disrespectful and deplorable! George W. Bush EARNED his shoe throwing! So the right tries to copycat !
GOD BLESS AMERICA and GOD BLESS OBAMA!!!!!!!
she is not in any office and why is she getting secret service agents. did she say if she didn't they would also be on her hit list. she houses secret service at her and bills mansion and charging the tax payers 10,000$ a month for a little place for them to stay. and just so happens that her mortgage payment
nt is 10,000 dollars a month also.not in any office, why don't she pay for her own security, instead of the tax payers. is that because all democrats steal as well as lieand they just slipped 10,000 a month in to the tax payers budget.
Why has this woman already been released from custody? Clinton should have been president, instead of liar Obama.
I wonder if that was for Benghazi . Too bad she missed .
Certainly that's a poor way of demonstration. It sounds much of a personal grudge.