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Airbase bomb scare is false alarm

RAF Lyneham
The MoD said there was "a suspected improvised explosive device"

A "suspected improvised explosive device" which caused an alert at an airbase in Wiltshire turned out to be residue on a vehicle.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said staff at RAF Lyneham were alerted to a vehicle by a sniffer dog.

An explosives ordnance team was sent to the scene and began to clear the area around the suspect item.

However, when the vehicle approached the base the dog had reacted to explosive residue.

An MoD spokeswoman said although it had not been confirmed by officials at Lyneham, the understanding was that a vehicle - which may have been military - was on its way into the base when the sniffer dogs reacted to it.

As soon as a dog reacts, personnel treat the incident as a suspected explosive device and contact both the police and an explosives ordnance team.

An investigation is ongoing.



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