By Craig Hill / The News Tribune
Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor was locked down Thursday morning while the facility responded to a driver who claimed to have an explosive device.
According to a statement issued by the base, a black SUV arrived at the Trident gate at 9 a.m. and the male driver claimed to have an improvised explosive device.
“The size of the package in the vehicle was estimated to potentially have a large blast radius,” Washington State Patrol Lt. Robert Brazas told the Kitsap Sun.
The driver was apprehended, but all gates were closed while security precautions were taken. State Route 308 was closed from state Route 3 to Bangor, including all off-ramps to the base, the Sun reports.
“In an abundance of caution, we have closed down the area that would have been how big the blast radius would be,” Brazas told the Sun.
Washington State Patrol and Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department provided assistance.
The Keyport gate has reopened, according to the base’s Facebook page.
The incident is under investigation.