Hurlburt gate reopened after bomb scare

Emergency response personnel from Hurlburt Field and the Okaloosa Sheriff’s Office responded Jan. 15 to Hurlburt Field following a bomb scare.

Officials said a suspicious package was left near the base’s front gate at about noon, causing Hurlburt to take precautionary measures. A cordon was established around the suspicious package. The front gate and a portion of U.S. 98 were closed.

 Any incident that would pose a threat to Hurlburt Field personnel is automatically investigated by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the 1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, according to a release from the base.

Staff Sgt. Melanie Holochwost, a spokeswoman for Hurlburt’s Public Affairs Office, said a gentleman had approached the front gate and asked to see the wing commander. She reported he left after being denied access but left his backpack at the scene. She said it was determined he did not leave it intentionally.

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