Vehicle explosion at California Air Force base potential terrorist attack, officials say

Matt Saintsing
March 23, 2018 - 12:56 pm

U.S. Air Force Photo by Heide Couch

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A vehicle explosion at Travis Air Force Base is being investigated by the FBI as a potential terrorist attack, officials said.

The driver did not survive, but there were no other fatalities in the security incident that occured Wednesday night, according to an Air Force statement. The driver “gained unauthorized access” through the main gate before he ignited propane tanks in the vehicle.

The driver has not been publically identified by law enforcement.

"The investigation is ongoing and there are no current known threats to the base or community," officials said. "The main gate has reopened and all other facilities are operating as normal."

Travis Air Force Base is home to some 10,000 troops, and, as the largest military airport in the U.S., is a major logistics hub for military hardware heading to the Pacific.

"The safety and welfare of our airmen, their families and our local community is our top priority," said Col. John Klein, 60th Air Mobility Wing commander. "I am extremely proud of how our first responders quickly addressed the situation to keep Travis and the surrounding area out of harm's way."