- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 30, 2016

UPDATE: “All Clear.” The lock down on base has been lifted, Joint Base Andrews tweeted at 10:38 a.m.

However, the base quickly added a caveat: “‘All Clear’ for the base with the exception of Malcolm Grow medical facility.”

Joint Base Andrews, the home of Air Force One in Maryland, was put on lockdown Thursday morning after a mistaken report of an “active shooter” during a scheduled security drill, NBC News reported.

A person who was unaware of the drill saw base personnel carrying long guns and called in an alert to law enforcement, NBC reported. Officials said they found no active shooter on the base.

Andrews posted the “all clear” sign online about 90 minutes after the lockdown began Thursday morning

Around 9 a.m., the Maryland base tweeted: “JBA is currently on lockdown due to a report of an active shooter. All personnel are directed to shelter in place.

The military added:”The incident is ongoing at the Malcolm Grow Medical Facility. First responders are on-scene now. All personnel continue to shelter in place.”

The report of an active shooter came on the same day that the base was scheduled to hold a drill on such an emergency, leading to some confusion.

“The base was scheduled to conduct an active shooter exercise, however, reports of a real-world active shooter situation were reported at Malcolm Grow medical facility,” the base said in a post online. “Due to the serious nature of this report, the base is reacting to ensure the safety of all personnel.”

Joint Base Andrews is located around 20 miles outside of downtown Washington, D.C. and hosts aircraft used by President Obama.

The president flew into Andrews on Air Force One around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday on his return from a summit in Canada. Mr. Obama is attending meetings at the White House on Thursday.

During a Senate hearing, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson interrupted his testimony to tell lawmakers that “we have an unfolding situation” at Andrews “which may require that I take a break” from the hearing.

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