National Guard says no gunshots at NH base; lockdown lifted after an hour


By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: July 2, 2019

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Officials say no gunshots were fired at Pease Air National Guard Base in New Hampshire.

The base was locked down Tuesday for an hour following reports of possible shots fired.

The reports originated from the Guard's headquarters building at the base in Portsmouth on Tuesday. The building is just inside the main gate.

National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Greg Heilshorn says no gun was fired in the building or around the premises.

"Local law enforcement has swept the base, and they found nothing," Heilshorn said.

He added: "Treating it with the utmost caution, we responded as if it were an active shooter scenario. Local law enforcement responded and swept the base building by building."

The lockdown started at 11:22 a.m., and the base issued an all-clear announcement over its loudspeaker system at 12:37 p.m., The Portsmouth Herald reported.

There were no reports of injuries, New Hampshire Air National Guard Col. Bill Davis said.

Police are investigating what caused the noise.

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