Fort Drum Gate Closed After Explosives Sweep

Update: Fort Drum Gate Re-Opens After Explosives Sweep

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Fort Drum's main gate re-opened Saturday evening, after being closed most of the day because a K-9 unit detected what appeared to be explosive material inside a vehicle.

According to a note posted on Fort Drum's Facebook page, the Cerjan Gate, the main gate off Route 781, was closed because "At approximately 0930 this morning, during a security sweep of the commercial vehicle being used to move household goods, a K-9 unit indicated that there may be explosive material within."

The driver and passenger of the van were detained for "secondary screening," according to the post.

Julie Halpin, post spokeswoman, said in an email Saturday evening that the gate re-opened at 7:30 PM to both incoming and outgoing traffic.

As it turns out, "No explosives were found in the vehicle, however, as it was determined that it was not properly registered or insured, it has been towed from the premises," Halpin noted. The two people detained were released by military police.

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