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NBK Bangor gate reopened; backfire from 'beater' believed to be cause of sound

Military police turned drivers away from the base
Military police turned drivers away from the base's gate as it was locked down for an hour on the morning of March 31. Many drivers parked along the side of Trident Boulevard to wait out the lock down.
— image credit: Richard D. Oxley / North Kitsap Herald

BANGOR — Someone heard what they thought might be gunshots early March 31 in the vicinity of Naval Base Kitsap — Bangor. The Navy didn’t take any chances and locked down the base.

Turns out, the sound was backfire from a truck.

“We talked to people on Clear Creek Road who said they thought they had heard gunfire too, and then they saw a ‘beater’ truck go by that was backfiring,” Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson said.

A 911 call was placed at 9:37 a.m. At least two sheriff’s investigators were on the scene until 10:27 a.m., and the base began allowing vehicles onto the base at 10:59 a.m.

Base Public Affairs Officer Tom Danaher said the Trident gate near Clear Creek Road was locked down as a precautionary measure. He said the base would go through a sequence of security procedures before reopening the gate.

Wilson said earlier that someone heard what was believed to be a gunshot or gunshots from outside the perimeter of the base. As of 10 a.m., Navy and sheriff’s investigators had not found any shell casings.

 

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