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Traffic backups reported as military bases tighten security

Traffic backs up at Vandenberg Air Force Base's Lompoc Gate during the seven o'clock morning rush. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Vanessa Valentine)

Heavy traffic backups were reported outside military bases in California on Monday as the installations announced increased security checks for those trying to get onto the bases.

Vehicles stacked up on southbound Interstate 15 at Miramar Way, slowing freeway traffic by 7 a.m. The exit is a route to enter Marine Air Corps Station Miramar, which was among military installations announcing on Twitter over the weekend that security would be tightened.

Like MCAS, officials at Camp Pendleton and Naval Base Point Loma also tweeted warnings of traffic delays amid increased security.

On Monday morning, the city of Coronado warned motorists of slowed traffic, and there were several reports of backups on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. The island is home to Naval Air Station North Island.

Although the tweets were silent as to the reason for the clamp down, the increased security comes amid soaring tensions after the U.S. announced it had killed a top Iranian general in a drone strike last week.

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