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MCLB bomb threat proves false

A note was found indicating a possible bomb had been planted at production building, officials say.

— MCLB-ALBANY — Marine base officials called off emergency response activity about 3:30 p.m. Friday after determining that a bomb threat found earlier in the day was unsubstantiated.

Officials earlier in the day evacuated personnel from around a building on base after a note claiming that a bomb had been planted at the facility was discovered around noon.

Emergency response personnel were to continue to monitor the situation, officials with Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany said late Friday afternoon. The Johnson Road Gate was to remain closed until 5:30 a.m. today.

Friday afternoon, Broom and West Matthews Boulevards around Production Plant Albany (formerly Maintenance Center Albany) were cordoned off by the MCLB-Albany Public Safety Division’s Marine Corps Police Department.

“Our first responders are highly trained and on the scene,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Bates, executive officer, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany. “The safety of our Marines, sailors, families and base personnel is a top priority.”

Lt. Kyle Thomas, MCLB spokesperson, said that all workers at the facility were sent home after the building was evacuated.

Production Plant Albany is one of the Marine Corps’ largest repair and refurbishing depots. It’s responsible for repairing equipment returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and for retrofitting vehicles with new equipment as it becomes available.

The main building at the facility is more than 362,000 square feet. According to its website, replacement cost of the entire Production facility would be $1.7 billion.

PPA currently employs a work force of 2,070 civilians and 10 Marines with an annual payroll of approximately $119 million civilian and $409,000 military.

UPDATE:

Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany officials have called off emergency response activity after concluding a recent bomb threat was unsubstantiated, base officials say.

Emergency response personnel will continue to monitor the situation. The installation command will notify the public of any new developments or findings.

The Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany Public Safety Division’s Marine Corps Police Department is still investigating the incident.

The Johnson Road Gate will remain closed for the rest of the evening and reopen tomorrow morning at 5:30 a.m.


ORIGINAL:

Marine base officials have evacuated personnel from around a building on base after a note claiming that a bomb had been planted at the facility was discovered around noon.

The Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany Public Safety Division’s Marine Corps Police Department is on the scene and as a precautionary measure has evacuated all personnel from the building, base personnel say.

Broom and West Matthews boulevards around Production Plant Albany which was formerly known as Maintenance Center Albany have been cordoned off by the Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany Public Safety Division’s Marine Corps Police Department.

“Our first responders are highly trained and on the scene,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Bates, executive officer, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany. “The safety of our Marines, sailors, families and base personnel is a top priority.”

Lt. Kyle Thomas says that all workers at the facility have been sent home for the day and that no outside agencies have arrived on base yet.

The incident remains under investigation.

Production Plant Albany is one of the Marine Corps' largest repair and refurbishing depots in the world. It's responsible for repairing equipment returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and for retrofitting vehicles with new equipment as it becomes available.