Lockdown Lifted At Sub Base After Security Alert

GROTON, Conn. (AP) _ A security alert that briefly closed the Navy’s submarine base in Groton was triggered by a vehicle that entered through the wrong lanes at the main gate.

The public affairs office at the Naval Submarine Base says it was closed to inbound and outbound traffic Wednesday morning as security teams conducted an investigation.

The base reopened its gates after an hour and a half. Authorities did not release further information on the driver who entered the base through outbound traffic lanes.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Anthony Kozak said a 45-foot boat based in New London was sent to the area as a precaution before the lockdown was lifted.

The base is the home port for about 16 nuclear-powered attack submarines.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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