NAS North Island gate reopens after bomb threat

Posted at 6:15 AM, Apr 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-20 17:39:26-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - An early morning bomb investigation prompted the closure of the main gate to Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado after a Navy petty officer approached the main gate and told the guard she feared there was a bomb in the trunk of her car. 

Traffic was snarled through the morning commute after a gate was closed at 3rd Street and Alameda Boulevard was initiated just after 5 a.m., according to Navy officials. Base Security evacuated the area in the vicinity of the main gate, including the child development center. 

After calling in Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal and a Military Working Dog unit, crews determined there was no evidence of a bomb inside the vehicle. 

"We take every threat seriously and use the security procedures that we train to to assess and eliminate those threats, Navy commanding officer Scott Mulvehill said.

The main gate was reopened shortly after 11:30 a.m. 

Navy officials said they are unsure how long the closure and investigation will last. Officials advise all sailors who work on the base to contact their chain of command to inquire about work alternatives.