Joint Base Andrews placed on lockdown after woman claims to have bomb


A woman is in custody today after making a fake bomb threat at a DC-area military base.

Located in the Maryland suburbs of Washington DC, Joint Base Andrews is the home base of two Boeing VC-25A aircraft with the call sign Air Force One when the president is on board, that serve the President of the United States.

The base is also responsible for maintaining emergency response aircraft vital to national security and the nation’s capital.

“Our people are our most valuable resource and we take every threat seriously,” Col. Brad Hoagland, 11th Wing and JBA commander, said in a tweet from the base’s account.

NBC reports that the woman walked up to the main gate Thursday evening, claiming to have a bomb strapped to her chest.

The gate was placed on lockdown just after 5pm.  The incident was reportedly resolved within an hour after an ordnance disposal team determined there were no explosives.  The main gate to the base was reopened around 2100 according to base’s Twitter account.

“Our first responders train for these types of scenarios on a regular basis. Fortunately, this incident was diffused quickly and was determined to be a false-alarm,” said Col. Brad Hoagland.

According to officials, no flights or missions were impacted by the fake bomb threat.

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