Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, the military facility in suburban Washington where the presidential aircraft Air Force One is based, was put on lockdown on Thursday, the base said, and ABC News reported a woman claiming to have a bomb appeared at the visitors center.
The base said on Twitter that at roughly 5:15 p.m. there was “a security incident” reported at the Visitor Control Center on base, and that emergency responders were on scene.
“The Main Gate is currently in lockdown. All personnel and residents should avoid the area until further notice,” a base official Tweeted.
The base said that missions have not been impacted, nor are flights being redirected.
ABC News said in a Tweet that the base was put on lockdown after a woman claiming to have a bomb appeared at a center for visitors.
A spokeswoman for the Air Force had no further information to release.
(Reporting by Eric Beech and Indrees Ali in Washington; Writing and additional reporting by Eric M. Johnson; Editing by Eric Walsh and James Dalgleish)
Source: Reuters US