UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: At an afternoon media briefing, Capt. Allan Schrader said the situation was under control and the suspected was detained and being interrogated, KIRO-TV reports. The base reopened about 2:30 p.m.
ORIGINAL POST: Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor was locked down Thursday morning while the facility responded to a driver who claimed to have an explosive device.
According to a statement issued by the base, a black SUV arrived at the Trident gate at 9 a.m. and the male driver claimed to have an improvised explosive device on him and in his vehicle.
“The size of the package in the vehicle was estimated to potentially have a large blast radius," Washington State Patrol Lt. Robert Brazas told the Kitsap Sun.
Nearby residents were advised to shelter in place or evacuate, KOMO-TV reports. A security perimeter of nearly 2/3 miles was established and a remotely controlled bomb robot was seen inspecting the suspect’s vehicle, the station report.
The driver was apprehended, but all gates were closed while security precautions were taken. State Route 308 was closed from state Route 3 to Bangor, including all off-ramps to the base. The Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton Naval Gate was also closed. Naval Hospital Bremerton closed its gate.
“In an abundance of caution, we have closed down the area that would have been how big the blast radius would be,” Brazas told the Sun.
Washington State Patrol and Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department provided assistance.
The Naval Base Kitsap-Keyport gate has reopened, according to the base’s Facebook page.
The incident is under investigation.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.