Gas leak, grenade prompt security concerns at MCLB-Albany

Photo by Carlos Vergara

Photo by Carlos Vergara

— ALBANY — More than 1,000 Maintenance Center contractors and military personnel were temporarily evacuated Tuesday after a gas leak was discovered in a building at marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, officials say.

In a second unrelated incident, an investigation is under way after a grenade was found in a Humvee Monday.

MCLB Spokesperson Lt. Kyle Thomas said that around 10:30 a.m., building 2215 near the back of the Maintenance Center was evacuated after a gas leak was discovered. By 12:13 p.m., the gas was shut off and the 1,095 civilian and uniformed personnel returned to their stations, Thomas said.

Around 1:15 p.m., officials disassembling a Humvee found a M67 fragmentary grenade under the seat. A smaller-scale evacuation took place and an ammunition technician secured the grenade and took it to a secure bunker, Thomas said. All three safety mechanisms on the grenade — the pin, the clip and the spoon — were all in place.

“Safety and security is our No 1 priority, so the first thing we did was secure the area and remove the grenade,” Thomas said. “At no point do we believe it was a threat to detonate, but we did take the proper precautions.”

An investigation by the Marine Corp’s risk management office and the Maintenance Center staff is under way. Thomas said there is no indications at this point that the grenade was placed in the Humvee with malicious intent.


rock 3 years, 11 months ago

The risk management office on the MCLB is staffed by bumbling idiots, uneducated, and could care less. It would have been better to call the keystone cops. At least the keystone cops know they are riidiculous.


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