Lakehurst naval base ends lockdown after series of incidents

Officials have lifted a lockdown that went into effect today at the Naval Air Engineering Center in Lakehurst.

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst spokesperson Angel Lopez says two simultaneous incidents at around 9:30 a.m. prompted the lockdown.

She says the first involved a Federal Express driver who declared he was carrying a weapon after he entered the base. Around the same time, security forces at the base responded to reports of shots being fired elsewhere on the installation. Officials placed the base on lockdown while authorities investigated the reports. Officials say the two security incidents were not connected and that the military base opened within two hours.

Military officials say the public was not in danger at any time.

The base is perhaps best known as the spot where the Hindenburg exploded in 1937. Now known as the Naval Air Engineering Center, one of its main missions relates to equipment used to launch aircraft from carriers at sea.

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