Authorities are treating an incident that happened on Wednesday night at Travis Air Force Base in California as an act of terrorism.
A car loaded with propane tanks ran through the main gate at Travis Air Force Base in northern California on Wednesday night. Military personnel ran up to the burning car that exploded in flame after breaching the security gates.
In video posted on an Air Force forum on Facebook, firefighters are seen attempting to put out the flames.
Law enforcement sources say the car carried propane tanks and the driver deliberately ignited the fire. He died inside the car, which drove off the road into a ditch. There are no reports of shots fired during the incident. The driver has been identified by law enforcement but not been named.
Because of the propane tanks and the deliberate igniting, authorities are treating it as a terrorist act.
He burst through the main gate at around 7 p.m. and after the incident, the gate was shut down for about 12 hours.
No one else was hurt in the attack.
Explosive ordnance disposal and Office of Special Investigations airmen were some of the first people to respond to the incident.
“The safety and welfare of our Airmen, their families and our local community is our top priority,” said Col. John Klein, 60th Air Mobility Wing commander. “I am extremely proud of how our first responders quickly addressed the situation to keep Travis and the surrounding area out of harm’s way. We are fortunate to have enduring relationships with federal and local law enforcement, and will continue to work hand-in-hand with them through the investigation process.”
Travis Air Force Base has about 7000 active service personnel on base. It’s the main military air cargo base for the West Coast, providing support for Pacific operations.
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]