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Explosive found near MCLB

Photo by J.D. Sumner

Photo by J.D. Sumner

ALBANY, Ga. -- Officials with Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany have confirmed that explosive materials were found inside a tactical vehicle near the installation's truck gate Friday afternoon.

MCLB Albany Spokesman Coley Young said that an investigation has been launched to determine both how the explosives managed to find their way to the location and exactly what the explosives were.

In a statement to The Alany Herald, Young said that around 5:35 p.m. Friday, base officials discovered the explosives inside what they called a "tactical vehicle," located near the MCLB's truck gate.

The area was secured and the material has been taken to an "isolated and safe area."

"At 5:35 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 3, unidentified explosive material was found inside a tactical vehicle near MCLB Albany's truck gate," the statement reads. "We cannot speculate at this time as to the type of explosive that was found.

"No one has been harmed and the explosive material has been moved to an isolated and safe area. The matter is currently under investigation."

Small scale evacuations of the immediate area were ordered and no one was injured, officials say.

Each year thousands of commercial trucks and military vehicles pass through the gate headed to the Marine Corps Maintenance Center on base, which overhauls and maintains Marine armored vehicles.

The base, which employees around 4,000 Marines, civilian Marines and contract workers, is also home to Marine Corps Logistics Command.