UPDATE: Picatinny Arsenal said there was “no explosive threat” posed by what was found in a suspicious vehicle that caused widespread evacuations and a response by FBI agents responded to the base earlier today.
“While the truck gate will remain closed, normal operations will commence through the front entrance,” base officials announced. “Additionally, gate operations will continue through the Mount Hope gate for a limited time.
Picatinny Arsenal spokesman Ed Lopez confirmed late this afternoon that a driver was taken into custody after he tried to enter through a truck gate around 11:30 a.m. and the contents in the trunk of his vehicle aroused the suspicions of security officers.
The base was evacuated and area businesses and homes were being cleared over a five-mile radius, as well.
Evacuations were conducted “as a precaution,” a law enforcement source with knowledge of the incident told CLIFFVIEW PILOT earlier today.
Temporary airspace restrictions over the base were removed, as well.
Route 15 was reopened around 5 p.m.
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