U.S. Navy Air Force Base in Pensacola, Florida, was closed this Sunday for several hours due to a bomb threat, that military facility reported on its social media.
“NAS Pensacola is currently closed due to a bomb threat call. Currently, both doors are closed until further notice. Continue monitoring for further notices. For those at the facility, please refrigerated in place until everything is clear. Security is currently on the scene,” he said on his Twitter account.
NAS Pensacola is currently secured due to a bomb threat call. Both gates are currently closed until further notice. Please continue to monitor for further notice. For those on the installation, please shelter in place until all clear. Security is currently on scene.
— NAS Pensacola (@NASPCOLA) September 27, 2020
But after 5:40 p.m. the base reported that it had lifted the order that those inside the facility seek refuge to protect themselves, as a precautionary measure.
“Both Pensacola NAS doors are now open for inbound and outbound traffic. Follow all navy security forces instructions while on NAS Pensacola,” the base said on your Twitter account.
Bortz detailed that the threat came through a phone call to a security officer at the base and immediately proceeded to close the two doors of the military base.
The threat was issued for one of the barracks located on the east side of the base, according to the Pensacola News Journal.
The spokesman reported that the building was evacuated and security personnel at the military facility were inspecting the site and those at the base were asked to take refuge.
“We take all threats very seriously, so we’re doing everything we can to make sure everything’s safe,” Bortz said.
NAS Pensacola is located in Escambia County, employing more than 16,000 military personnel and 7,400 civilians. Includes Naval Aviation School Command, Aeronaval Technical Training Center, and Navy Aviation Training Support Group 21 and 23.
Also the renowned Blue Angels Air Squadron and the headquarters of the Naval Education Training Command, a commando that combines the direction and control of all Navy education and training.
Naval airbase opens again in Pensacola after receiving bomb threat
After more than 4 hours, the base authorities reported that the doors were open again, so that people could enter and leave the facility.