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Car bomb explosion at Travis Air Force Base; treated as terrorism

A crashed vehicle at Travis Air Force Base went up in flames. (YouTube)
March 23, 2018

A car crash attack at the main gate of Travis Air Force Base in northern California on Wednesday night is being treated as an act of terrorism, according to a report.

An unauthorized vehicle crashed into a ditch at the main gate of the Air Force base after breaching the security gates on Wednesday.

The vehicle, loaded with propane tanks, erupted into flames and killed the driver while military personnel were making their way to the vehicle, according to CBS.

Authorities said the driver ignited himself, which is why investigators initially treated the incident as an act of terrorism, CBS reported.

The FBI joined the investigation, and Task & Purpose reported that a spokeswoman would not confirm the CBS report that the incident is being treated as terrorism.

The driver of the vehicle has been identified, but their name has yet to be released by law enforcement.

“The safety and welfare of our airmen, their families and our local community is our top priority,” Col. John Klein, 60th Air Mobility Wing commander, said in a statement. “I am extremely proud of how our first responders quickly addressed the situation to keep Travis and the surrounding area out of harm’s way. We are fortunate to have enduring relationships with federal and local law enforcement, and will continue to work hand-in-hand with them through the investigative process.”

Travis Air Force Base (Twitter)

Additional security measures were implemented at the main and hospital gates.

The incident was contained after personnel responded, and the base was at no further risk.