(WASHINGTON) -- Joint Base Andrews was placed on lockdown late Thursday afternoon after a security incident was reported at the Visitor Control Center.
In a Twitter post, the base said the incident happened at around 5:15 p.m. All personnel and residents should avoid the area until further notice, the base said.
At approximately 5:15 p.m. today, there was a security incident reported at the Visitor Control Center. Emergency responders are on scene— Joint Base Andrews (@AndrewsAirForce) May 12, 2016
The Main Gate is currently in lockdown. All personnel and residents should avoid the area until further notice.— Joint Base Andrews (@AndrewsAirForce) May 12, 2016
According to a senior government official, a woman walked into visitor center claiming to have an explosive device strapped to her chest.
Within an hour, an Air Force official told ABC News the individual was in custody and did not have a bomb. The official did not elaborate on what occurred.
Flights were not re-directed and Air Force Security is looking into the incident, according to Captain Connie Dillon, spokesperson for JBA.
The base is most famously known as the home of Air Force One, the plane that the president travels in, and due to its close location to Washington, D.C., the military complex is also frequently used by the the congressional delegations, foreign heads of state, and other high-ranking government and diplomatic officials.
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