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Nov 3, 2010 5:08 PM by Danielle Lerner

Base officials apologize for inconvenience, but stand by lockdown

A spokesperson for Vandenberg Air Force Base is apologizing for any inconvenience caused by Tuesday night's lockdown, but he says the base had to treat the incident like a real-world emergency until officials knew otherwise.

The entire base was put on lockdown for about an hour just after 3 p.m. Tuesday. The lockdown was then limited to just one building at 4:15 p.m. Some media sources were reporting a possible shooting, but it turned out to be part of a 2-week drill.

Vandenberg is currently in the middle of operational readiness inspections. Spokesperson Jeremy Eggers says the drills are so realistic at times, it can blur the lines between an emergency drill and reality. Still, he says the base's security personnel responded correctly and quickly to maximize the safety of everyone involved.

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