Official: Utah Army Base Reopening after Lockdown

Thursday, 27 Jan 2011 06:55 AM

 

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SALT LAKE CITY — Officials say Dugway Proving Grounds has reopened for incoming personnel, hours after it was locked down to resolve a "serious concern."

Army base spokeswoman Paula Thomas says personnel were allowed to enter the base early Thursday and preparations were under way to allow people inside to leave.

Base commander Col. William E. King late Wednesday announced that gates were locked to both incoming and outgoing personnel, saying there was a serious concern but one was in danger.

But neither King nor Thomas have disclosed any details about the problem.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that a lockdown began at 5:24 p.m. MST Wednesday with 1,200 to 1,400 people inside Dugway at the time.

Military weapons are tested at Dugway, located about 85 miles southwest of Salt Lake City.

Base spokeswoman Bonnie Robinson told the The Associated Press early Thursday that officials hope to have the problem resolved shortly.

"We are working as quickly and as thoroughly as possible to resolve a serious concern within the Test Area," King said.

"Measures like these (lock down of our gates) are not taken lightly. No one is in immediate danger but these steps are required," he said.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that a lockdown began at 5:24 p.m. MST Wednesday, with no one allowed in or out of the base. There were about 1,200 to 1,400 people at Dugway at the time.

Military weapons are tested at Dugway, located about 85 miles southwest of Salt Lake City. Its primary mission is defending troops against biological and chemical attacks.

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