Search for explosives in car at Langley AFB causes inconvenience, concern for neighbors

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by 13News Team Coverage

WVEC.com

Posted on September 11, 2012 at 11:56 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 5:17 PM

Road closure near Langley AFB

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HAMPTON--A busy intersection near Langley Air Force Base in Hampton was closed for 3 hours as personnel searched for possible explosives in a car.

An Air Force security forces explosive detection dog alerted to a vehicle during a routine search at the base's vehicle search area around noon Tuesday, officials told WVEC.com.  

The vehicle and driver were detained but released after explosive ordnance disposal personnel gave the all clear.

Base Security Forces, along with Hampton Police and Fire Divisions personnel, blocked the intersection of Sweeney Boulevard and North Armistead Avenue as a precaution and reopened the road around 3:15 p.m.

Some people who live at Gardner's Trailer Court found it difficult to leave. Others couldn't get home.

Betty Walker was anxious to get to her husband, whom she'd left around noon to get pick up a prescription for him.

"Now, I can't get him on the phone," she said as she waited.

"I've been here almost 6 years in this trailer park, and we've never, as far as I can remember, had anything like this happen," said Terri Cockey.

Cockey, who works in York County, detoured around the blocked intersection of North Armistead Avenue and Commander Shepard Boulevard only to come across the other end of the road closure at Butler Farm Road.

"We just kind of stood out there for a long time and waited for them to let us come back. You know, we didn't know if we were gonna even be able to come back," Cockey told 13News, "but we were thankful when they said, 'You can go back home now.'"

An official with the 633rd Air Base Wing told WVEC.com that the base remained accessible through the King Street and NASA gates during the incident.

The investigation continues, Air Force officials stated.

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