Security Scare Shuts Kings Bay
Liz Hampton – Jacksonville, Florida, Saturday, May 22, 2004
ST. MARYS, Ga. -- Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base was locked down for security reasons Friday after two Israelis were detained for questioning.
Base spokesman Ed Buczek said two Israeli men attempted to enter the base about 10:30 a.m. They were hired by a moving-and-storage company(1) to pick up some household goods in base housing, he said.
One occupant of the vehicle was unable to provide base security personnel with proper credentials after arriving at the Franklin Gate entrance, Buczek said.
Base personnel then inspected the van. Military dogs trained to detect bombs were called in.
"The military dogs were alerted to a scent in the cab of the truck," Buczek said. "Guards closed access to the base and notified the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service."
St. Marys police closed access to an area one-half mile out surrounding the base, and a bomb squad was called in, Buczek said. A briefcase was removed from the vehicle with a remote control robot, but nothing was found in it.
"The dogs were called in again for a second pass of the vehicle, and they didn't pick up anything," he said.
The two men, whose names were not released, were detained and later taken into custody by federal immigration officers in Savannah for possible deportation, Buczek said.
Times-Union correspondent Liz Hampton can be reached at (904) 359-4171
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