No explosives found after driver of ‘suspicious’ vehicle detained at Picatinny Arsenal

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ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, New Jersey (PIX11) – One person was detained and the Picatinny Arsenal was evacuated, snarling traffic on nearby highways, after a vehicle caused a bomb scare Friday morning.

Around 11:30 a.m. security personnel stopped a suspicious vehicle trying to drive through Picatinny Arsenal truck gate.  Local, state and federal agencies responded, and the vehicle was being treated as “an explosive threat,” according to Picatinny Arsenal officials.

By the early evening, officials gave the “all clear” after no explosives were found in the vehicle.  It’s unclear who the driver is and whether or not he is still being detained.

The truck get will remain closed as an investigation continues, but other entrances at Picatinny Arsenal have reopened.

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The entrance to the facility was locked down in the morning, and Arsenal employees were evacuated just before 2 p.m.  Rockaway Township police are advising that Route 15 is now closed between Route 80 and Berkshire Valley Road amid the investigation.

The Picatinny Arsenal is a major research and manufacturing facility for the United States military.  According to the website, “Picatinny’s portfolio comprises nearly 90 percent of the Army’s lethality and all conventional ammunition for joint warfighters,” including mortars, Howitzers, warheads, fire control systems, precision-guided munitions and more.

Picatinny Arsenal employs 3,907 civilians, 93 military personnel and about 1,035 contractors.  Sitting on nearly 6,500 acres, Picatinny Arsenal is made up of “1,010 permanent structures,” including 64 laboratories.

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