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Suspicious package shuts down Main Gate at Naval Air Station North Island

Posted at 9:04 AM, Jan 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-07 22:57:49-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A suspicious package discovered at Naval Air Station North Island forced military investigators to close the base's Main Gate on Monday morning.

The closure at base, located on the northside of the Coronado peninsula, created major delays along the Coronado Bridge and into the base.

"North Island Naval Air Station main gate has been closed, expect delays in the area," the Coronado Police Department tweeted.

Officials kept the remaining two gates at the base were left open during the investigation. The Main Gate was reopened just before 9:30 a.m.

Details about the package were not available at this time.

NAS North Island is the home port of several aircraft carriers of the United States Navy.

The incident comes as San Diego County military bases began bolstering security measures amid rising tensions in the Middle East and threats of retaliation against the U.S. after an American drone killed a top Iranian general.

Officials have warned that military law enforcement will be checking all identification cards and increasing vehicle inspections prompting entry gate delays.

"Due to these security measures, travelers will experience longer wait times entering installation," Camp Pendleton officials said on Twitter Monday.