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Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019

Lockdown of Alabama base ends after possible active shooter report

Redstone Arsenal near Huntsville tweeted Tuesday that it was on lockdown.

world Updated: Jun 27, 2017 23:36 IST

Reuters, Alabama
Redstone Arsenal.
Redstone Arsenal.(Twitter)

The lockdown of a military and NASA base near Huntsville, Alabama, was lifted Tuesday afternoon, but an investigation of a possible shooter on the base earlier in the day continued, a base spokesman said.

Chris Colster, spokesman for the Redstone Arsenal army base, said there was no threat as of early Tuesday afternoon and the base was open to incoming traffic.

A north Alabama military post had earlier said in a tweet it was on lockdown amid reports of possible active shooter, telling workers to “run hide fight.”

Redstone Arsenal received reports of a person possibly armed with a weapon at a building on the base, Colster had told WAFF-TV in a live broadcast.

Colster said there were no confirmed casualties.

A safety drill was planned for Wednesday, but Colster said the report of a shooter was not part of any exercise.

Television stations in the area quoted Huntsville Hospital officials as saying they had heard of no incoming patients

More than 30,000 government employees, civilians and contractors work daily at Redstone, which adjoins the city of Huntsville. It is home to Army missile defense programs and other military offices.

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, which oversees rocket propulsion operations, is also located at Redstone.

First Published: Jun 27, 2017 21:48 IST

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