Traffic into and off of Fort Campbell was closed early Thursday morning when what ended up being a false alarm indicating a bomb threat went off just after midnight inside a barracks building on post.
Post officials say all gates closed to inbound and outbound traffic across the installation until approximately 2:45 a.m. when the alert was found to be a false alarm.
Explosive ordnance disposal personnel from the 52nd Ordnance Group cleared the building while gates were closed to traffic on and off the installation and military police established check points. Military police and other personnel conducted accountability measures in the building.
Fort Campbell Garrison Commander, Col. Andrew Jordan says “We’re thankful this was a false alarm. The safety and security of our soldiers, families, and civilians is our top priority. We train to respond to incidents like this and are currently conducting a full-scale exercise to test our emergency response measures.”
The full-scale exercise involving installation emergency response personnel, medical, and garrison staff preparing for a tornado scenario began Wednesday and will conclude Thursday.
Soldiers returning from a rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center were delayed retuning home for several hours due to the gate closures.
The incident is under investigation.