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OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — An Air Force dog that reacted to a delivery truck trying to enter the base on Monday morning led security officers to lock down Osan to vehicles for several hours.

No threat was found, however, officials said.

“The dog alerted and then we came through and went through our procedures and everything turned out to be cleared in the end,” said Capt. John Ross, 51st Fighter Wing spokesman.

“The dogs are too sensitive at times,” he added, “but we’d rather have a false alarm than miss a real attack or an illegal activity, should it happen.”

The base was closed around 10:55 a.m. after a security dog at the Beta Gate alerted police to a delivery truck waiting to enter the installation, said Senior Master Sgt. Marvin Krause, also a wing spokesman.

Foot traffic was allowed during the alert, and all gates were back to “normal” status shortly before 2 p.m., officials said.

The lockdown halted vehicles in a line stretching for blocks outside the base’s Beta Gate, and traffic was backed up inside the gate as well.

The base’s other gates were already were closed due to an Air Force training exercise on the peninsula this week, Ross said.

“It really was made worse because we had exercise security measures in place,” he said. “The combination of our exercise security measures and our real-world security measures that we have to take did create a stoppage for a while.”


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