Suspicious Package Closes Main Gate at NAS Pensacola

Suspicious Package Closes Main Gate at NAS Pensacola


A SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE LEFT ABOARD N-A-S PENSACOLA SHUT DOWN THE MAIN GATE THIS AFTERNOON—- TRIGGERING AN APPEARANCE BY THE EXPLOSIVE ORDINANCE DISPOSAL TEAM FROM EGLIN…. AND BACKING UP TRAFFIC AT THE WEST GATE. NEWS FIVE’S HAYLEY MINOGUE JOINS US NOW NEAR THE MAIN GATE HAYLEY, WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT WHAT THE SCENE WAS LIKE THIS AFTERNOON? JUST A FEW HOURS AGO, THIS ENTIRE ROAD WAS BLOCKED OFF WITH PATROL CARS.. PEOPLE WERE BEING TOLD TO TURN AROUND, AND THE EOD FROM EGLIN CAME IN A LARGE TRUCK. TAKE A LOOK. NATS ROAD AT 3:50 MONDAY AFTERNOON. A CALL ABOUT A SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE INSIDE THE NAS PENSACOLA WELCOME CENTER. BROUGHT TRAFFIC AT THE MAIN GATE TO A HAULT. “IT DOESN’T SCARE ME IM JUST GLAD THEY’RE DOING THEIR JOB AND I HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR SECURITY, PEOPLE AT THE GATE. I KNOW THEY’RE DOING THE RIGHT THING, I AWS JUST CURIOUS WHAT IT WAS.” GULF COAST EMERGENCY SERVICES, BASE SECURITY FORCES, AND BOMB SNIFFING DOGS WERE BROUGHT IN ON BASE.. AS WELL AS THE EXPLOSIVE ORDINANCE DISPOSAL TEAM FROM EGLIN AIRFORCE BASE. EGLIN IS THE EOD TRAINING LOCATION.. AND THE TEAM IS A NAVY DETATCHMENT. “THEY MUSTA COME FROM EGLIN IT TOOK LIKE 2 HOURS FOR THAT THING TO GET HER YOU’D A THOUGHT NAS PENSACOLA HAD MORE EQUIPTHAN THAT NAS PENSACOLA DOESN’T HAVE AN EOD. A PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER SAID THEY DON’T HAVE THE RESOURCES OR THE MAN POWER. TRAFFIC WAS ROUTED TO THE REAR GATE. CAUSING MAJOR DELAYS FOR PEOPLE TRYING TO GET ON AND OFF BASE. “IT TOOK ABOUT, WITH ALL THE TRAFFIC CAUSE EVERYBODY ELSE WAS ROUTED THAT WAY TOO IT HAD TO BE 40 EXTRA MINUTES. AT 7:40.. THE PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE GAVE THE ALL CLEAR. SAYING THE SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE WAS AN 8X10 ENVELOPE.. LEFT ON THE COUNTER IN THE WELCOME CENTER>THE GATES REOPENED SHORTLY AFTER THE ALL CLEAR. EVERYTHING IS FUNCTIONING AS NORMAL. WHEN THE MAIN GATE WAS CLOSED. EVERYTHING OPERATED AS NORMAL AS FAR AS ON BASE ACTIVITY. IN PENSACOLA, HAYLEY MINOGUE, NEWS FIVE

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