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Fairchild Air Force Base briefly closed Friday because of explosive

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The Air Force Base's main gate was closed for about an hour Friday. The Air Force Base's main gate was closed for about an hour Friday.
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -

Fairchild Air Force Base reports the main gate and Highway 2 near the base were briefly closed Friday afternoon because a live mortar round was found and brought to the base's visitor center.

It happened around 4 p.m. Friday. Base security personnel closed the main gate while Washington State Patrol troopers later closed a small section of Highway 2 outside the base. A cordon was established when a civilian brought a live 60mm mortar round into the base visitor center in an apparent attempt to safely turn over the mortar round to Air Force officials.

The 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team safely removed the device from the main gate area and the gate and highway were reopened just before 5 p.m.

The Air Force Base says the mortar round was discovered by a local resident while he was hunting about two hours away from the base. The base says the incident is currently under investigation.

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