Woman arrested over bomb alert at Joint Base Andrews

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A woman has been arrested after she walked into the visitors center of Joint Base Andrews near Washington, D.C. and claimed to have a bomb strapped to her chest, officials say. No explosives were found.

The incident began at 5:15 p.m. ET on Thursday when an unidentified woman appeared at the visitors center of the military facility and said she had a bomb. As a result, emergency responders were called and the main gate was put on lockdown.

“At approximately 5:15 p.m. today, a woman walked into the Visitor Control Center on Joint Base Andrews and claimed to have a bomb strapped to her chest,” the facility said in a statement. “Once emergency responders arrived, the individual was apprehended and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team determined no explosive device was on-scene.”

Emergency personnel remained at the scene on Thursday evening to secure the area, but operations and flights were not impacted.

Joint Base Andrews is located in Prince George’s County in Maryland and serves as the home base for several planes that are used by the President of the United States. President Obama was not at the facility when the incident began.

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