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UPDATED: Shelter-in-place lifted after bomb threat at Naval Support Activity Bethesda

Two gates have been opened to outbound traffic

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This story was updated at 10:08 a.m. and again at 1:40 p.m. on Oct. 20, 2021, to include the latest information

A shelter-in-place was lifted at Naval Support Activity Bethesda off Rockville Pike Wednesday afternoon after a bomb threat was reported there earlier in the day.

The Navy installation posted on Twitter that a bomb threat to one of the buildings and an active shooter threat was reported around 9 a.m. The bomb threat was phoned in from an “anonymous source,” according to the tweet.

NSA Bethesda posted in another tweet at 10 a.m. that there was “no indication of an active shooter on the installation.” 

The campus had been put on lockdown, and all gates were closed to non-emergency traffic. At 1:15 p.m., the shelter-in-place was lifted for all locations, the installation posted on Twitter. Gates 1 and 3 have been opened to outbound traffic only.

Jeremy Brooks, a spokesman for NSA Bethesda, wrote in an email to Bethesda Beat Wednesday afternoon that “after a thorough search by K-9 teams, no device was found.” The incident is being investigated, he wrote.

 

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com