Police believed a suspicious package at the Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, may be an explosive device. The situation has since been resolved.
#BREAKING: Michael Ritz, Chief Media Relations spokesperson tells WSFA 12 News the "situation at Maxwell has been resolved". Details coming.
— WSFA 12 News (@wsfa12news) January 31, 2014
Here is what you need to know about this brief news story.
1. The Package Gave ‘Positive Indication for Explosives’
Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama says package found in post office area tests positive for explosive material
— Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) January 31, 2014
The suspicious package, according to the police, “gave a positive indication for explosives.” This happened after a routine inspection of packages indicated that it tested positive for explosives.
2. It was Discovered in the Base’s Post Office
At around 10 a.m., a package reported to be about the size of a “box of blank checks” was deemed suspicious after a routine check tested positive for explosive. This occurred in the base’s post office and the building has since been cordoned off.
3. The Montgomery Bomb Squad Was Been Deployed
Dozens of cars being turned around. Montgomery PD vehicle entering Maxwell AFB now. #breaking
— Catalina Trivino (@Ctrivino_ANN) January 31, 2014
The Montgomery Explosives Ordinance Disposal arrived on the scene in order to respond to the package.
4. Buildings Have Been Instructed to Shelter in Place or Evacuate
The post office as been cordoned off and the Maxwell Boulevard Gate has been closed until further notice. People in buildings nearby have either been evacuated or have been instructed to shelter in place.
5. It’s Home to Around 12,500 Soldiers & Contractors