Home of Air Force One Locked Down Over Bomb Threat

A woman was taken into custody at Joint Base Andrews
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2016 5:49 PM CDT
Home of Air Force One Locked Down Over Bomb Threat
Military personnel salutes as Air Force One, with President Barack Obama aboard, departs from Joint Base Andrews in 2014.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Joint Base Andrews—perhaps best known as the home of Air Force One—was locked down Thursday evening due to a bomb threat, ABC News reports. Authorities say a woman walked into the Maryland base's visitor center around 5:15pm and claimed to have a bomb strapped to her chest. The base's main gate was closed, and personnel were warned to keep away from the area. The woman, who didn't have a bomb, was eventually taken into custody. According to WUSA9, the incident didn't impact flights or missions at the base. Joint Base Andrews is routinely used by high-ranking government officials and foreign heads of state when they travel to or from Washington DC. (More bomb threat stories.)

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