Heightened security at U.S. Navy base in Washington state

Update, 2:50 p.m.:

Nothing was found to suggest that shots were fired and the base was given the all clear at around 2:30 p.m., according to the Navy Installations Command.

Earlier:

A naval base in Washington state has heightened its security this morning after someone inside the base reported a noise that sounded like gunshots coming from outside the base.

As a result, one of the gates at Naval Base Kitsap (about an hour west of Seattle) has been locked while authorities investigate the source of the noise. But the base itself remains open and another gate nearby is still open, a spokesman said.

“We are in a heightened security posture this morning,” Tom Danaher, a spokesman for the base, told The Washington Post at 10:45 a.m. local time, about an hour after the incident began.

Neighbors interviewed outside the base said that they also heard the noise and went outside to find a large dump truck that had backfired, Danaher said, but officials would still sweep all of the buildings to be careful.

“We’re going to go through our security procedures because we practice them. … We want to make sure that we don’t overlook anything,” Danaher said.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.
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