US Air Force Base In San Francisco Placed On Lockdown After Hoax Alert

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San Francisco: A US Air Force base in the San Francisco area was temporarily placed on lockdown on Wednesday following what turned out to be a false alert of an active shooter, officials said.

“We received word that our base emergency personnel responded to reports of gun shots,” staff sergeant Nicole Leidholm, a spokeswoman at Travis Air Force Base, told AFP. “However, no shooter was found. The base is no longer on lockdown.”

Leidholm said the alarm was sounded at approximately 3:15 pm local time, prompting officials to urge all personnel, dependents and retirees at the sprawling facility to seek shelter or avoid the base.

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The base is located some 55 miles (90 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.

“We received word that our base emergency personnel responded to reports of gun shots,” staff reported.