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No Bomb Found After Joint Base Andrews Lockdown

Woman who claimed to have an explosive device was apprehended, base officials said.

A "false alarm" involving a woman claiming to have a bomb strapped to her chest at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, D.C., ended without injury Thursday. No explosives were found, officials said.

Base officials said the woman walked into the base Visitor Control Center around 5:15 p.m., claiming to have an explosive. The main gate was on lockdown for less than an hour before officials said they determined "no explosive device was on-scene."

“Our people are our most valuable resource and we take every threat seriously,” said Col. Brad Hoagland, 11th Wing and Joint Base Andrews commander. “Our first responders train for these types of scenarios on a regular basis. Fortunately, this incident was defused quickly and was determined to be a false alarm.”

The woman was apprehended, but it was unclear whether she faces charges. Air Force representatives did not immediately respond to phone calls by The Huffington Post. 

Air Force One, the president’s main aircraft, is among the many military aircraft based at Joint Base Andrews, which houses Air Force and Naval air operations. Andrews personnel are responsible for air transportation for the president, vice president and other senior government officials. 

This article has been updated to note that the threat is over.

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