Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama was the location where a suspicious package was found and initially reported to have tested positive for explosives on Friday, according to a Chicago Tribune report on Friday afternoon. Officials then put the entire base on lockdown.
The suspicious package was found Friday morning as a routine inspection was conducted at the base’s postal facility. The package was described as approximately the size of a box of bank checks.
After the incident, base security officials and Montgomery EOD said that the suspicious package found at the base post office was safe, after all. EOD officers opened the package and found foodstuff.
As of 2:45 p.m. ET, all activities on the base have returned to normal and the Maxwell Air Force entrance has been reopened.
As a precaution, the entrance to the base was closed in Montgomery and several buildings were evacuated. Additionally, some people were asked to stay in place for safety’s sake.
The Maxwell Air Force Base which is located in Montgomery, Alabama, reportedly has some 12,500 active-duty personnel, as well as reserves, civilians, and contractor employees. The base provides a significant economic and cultural impact on the Montgomery area.