Updated: Offutt AFB evacuation lifted

Posted By:  KLKN Newsroom

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _  Personnel were able to re-enter the Air Force base late Friday afternoon.

Military officials say a package in a commercial vehicle was flagged as suspicious by a military dog during a routine check at an entrance gate at Offutt Air Force Base south of Omaha.

A news release says the package was flagged around 11:45 a.m. Friday at the gate off Capehart Road and that the Omaha Police Department's bomb squad had been called in to help.

Base spokesman Tech. Sgt. Markus Maier says the gate has been closed and several buildings near the gate evacuated as a precaution.

Maier says he does not know what kind of package was flagged.

Offutt is home to the U.S. Strategic Command headquarters, which includes nuclear weapons command and control as well as space and missile defense for all branches of the U.S. military.