Bomb Threat Leads to Lockdown of Naval Base Housing Walter Reed Medical Center

BETHESDA, MD - MAY 15: (AFP OUT) Walter Reed Medical Center is shown on May 15, 2018 in Bethesda, Maryland. First Lady Melania Trump is undergoing treatment for a kidney condition at the hospital. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch - Pool/Getty Images)
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A Wednesday morning bomb threat led to the lockdown of the naval base housing Walter Reed Medical Center.

CNBC reports that the threat called in about 8:45 a.m., and “staff and visitors at the base in Bethesda, Maryland, were ordered to shelter in place, and the facility’s gates were closed to non-emergency traffic.”

WTOP notes that the earliest reports of the threat included claims of a possible active shooter. However, at 10 a.m., authorities tweeted, “At this time, there is no indication of an active shooter on the installation. A bomb threat is still under investigation. A lockdown remains in place.”

All scheduled patient appointments have been canceled at this time.

At 10:49 a.m. the Naval Support Activity Bethesda tweeted that “K-9 teams are in the process of clearing buildings at Walter Reed Bethesda.” They also stressed that the lockdown is still in place.

UPDATE: The shelter in place order was lifted at 1:15 p.m., according to the Naval Support Activity Bethesda.

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