UPDATE: JBER officials finish responding to a bomb threat, no explosives located

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - JBER officials finished responding to a bomb threat at 3 p.m. Monday, according to base spokespersons. Moreover, they confirmed that no explosives were located.

Senior Master Sgt. Jill LaVoie, public affairs superintendent with JBER, said the national guard building was evacuated to be searched. The search lasted for several hours, because the building is "very large."

LaVoie added that the building is approximately 30-minutes away from the rest of the base. As a result, she said the entire base was not evacuated.

When asked why an AtHoc emergency notification was not sent out about the bomb threat, LaVoie said, "That was a decision made by command."

The threat was called in "some time over the weekend," according to public affairs specialist Keisha Lafayette.

When asked why it took until Monday to search the building, Lafayette said, "For security purposes, we cannot discuss those procedures."

At this time, Lafayette said JBER officials have not identified who reported the false bomb threat. Additionally, she said people have been allowed back inside the building.

"We have been alerted and we take any kind of threat like this very seriously," Lafayette said. "Our first priority is of course the base and the safety of the community."

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