Personnel at Tinker Air Force Base allowed back on base following reported ‘security concern’

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MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – Emergency crews were forced to evacuate some workers at Tinker Air Force Base on Friday morning.

Shortly before 11 a.m. on Friday, officials responded to a reported chemical spill near the base.

However, authorities with Tinker Air Force Base later said it was a ‘security concern’ near the Gott Gate.

As a result, workers near the gate were evacuated.

Officials with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office told NewsChannel 4 everyone was allowed back on base around 11:20 a.m., saying it was ‘false alarm.’

Authorities at the scene say employees at the gate spotted a suspicious looking vehicle, and called the Oklahoma County bomb squad to investigate.

Fortunately, nothing suspicious was found and the base returned back to normal.

“Due to security concerns Gott Gate on Tinker Air Force Base located at S.E. 59th St. and Air Depot Rd. was closed and surrounding buildings were evacuated this morning. Tinker security forces were alerted that a truck making a routine delivery was being held due to the possibility of an explosive residue. Oklahoma County bomb squad was called to the scene to investigate. The result of that investigation revealed there was no threat to the base or surrounding buildings. The truck and its driver were turned around without incident and the delivery was denied. The security and safety of Tinker Air Force Base and its personnel remains a top priority. The Gott Gate and all operations have been returned to normal,” a statement from Tinker Air Force Base read.

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