Air Force Base goes into lockdown over bubble wrap popping

Gate at Kirtland AFB
Click to enlargeJim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal
Gate at Kirtland Air Force Base reopened after the lockdown

The reported gunshots that triggered a lockdown at Kirtland Air Force Base Wednesday afternoon turned out to be someone popping bubble wrap, said Eric Elliott, the director of public affairs for the base.

“One individual had some heavy-duty bubble wrap from a package and was stepping on it to pop it,” he said. “Someone else heard the popping and —due to (the mass shooting) happening in San Bernardino — called 911.”

The base and three nearby elementary schools were locked down for about 45 minutes while security forces investigated.

On Thursday, the popper confessed to sparking the scare with the “sandwich bag-size air pockets”…

“The person who popped the bubble wrap came forward to security forces and said, ‘Hey I think that was me. It was louder than I expected…’”

Elliott tried to make the best of their fears: “We got a good exercise out of it…We were able to run through the scenario and get some good practice.”

Uh-huh. The terrorists have won. Again.

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