Woman claiming to be suicide bomber caught at Nellis Air Force base

Streets around Nellis Air Force Base were shut down for several hours yesterday after a woman  claimed to have a bomb in her car.

Police say she drove up to the main gate just before noon on Wednesday.  The base went into immediate lockdown and passersby saw airmen waiting at a local gas station until they got the all-clear.

After a nearly three-hour-long investigation into the bomb threat, the main gate to the base in northeast Las Vegas reopened.

During that period -when things were still uncertain- the roads in the area were blocked off and  residents were evacuated. An elementary school on the base went into soft lock down, according to News3.

Las Vegas Metro Police took the woman into custody and according to some local reports she is now hospitalized under a medical hold.

The Nellis AFB explosive ordinance disposal team determined there was never any bomb. However, even if it was all a hoax, the woman could still be charged with a felony.

“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 H. Boutwell, 99th Air Base Wing commander.”

The suspect’s identity has not been released. No word yet if charges will be filed against her.

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  • Michele graduated with a B.S. in Telecommunication from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. She has spent numerous years working in the news industry in south Florida, including many positions ranging from being a news writer at WSVN, the Fox affiliate in Miami to being an associate news producer at WPLG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Miami. Michele has also worked in Public Relations and Marketing.

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