Nellis AFB, Nev., was on lockdown for nearly three hours Dec. 9 after a woman drove up to the main gate and said she had a bomb in the car. Security and law enforcement personnel closed the main gate and roads on the base and called the Nellis explosive ordnance disposal team to investigate, according to a base release. They? found that the woman did not have a bomb, and all roads and gates were reopened. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police apprehended the woman and took her for a psychological evaluation, police said. “We take all threats to our airmen, families, and installation seriously. We are grateful for the support of local authorities during today’s events,” said Col. Richard Boutwell, commander of the 99th Air Base Wing. “We are glad the situation terminated uneventfully.”
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