False alarm puts Ga. Air Force base on lockdown
Updated On: Jan 24 2013 08:22:14 AM EST
Officials at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia say a reported threat that prompted a lockdown Wednesday afternoon was a false alarm.
In a news release, officials said lockdown conditions at the south Georgia base went into effect at 1:25 p.m. after reports that airmen on the base were receiving automated voice messages containing an unspecified threat. Officials did not release the content of the messages. They said they are investigating the source of the phone calls.
The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office said deputies were dispatched to Moody after a 911 call about a gunman on the base, WCTV reported. Military and civilian emergency personnel quickly determined a threat did not exist. By 3 p.m., the base was secure and the lockdown was lifted.
Moody is home to the Air Force's 23rd Wing and 93rd Air Ground Operations Wing. It is located in Valdosta, about 30 miles from the Georgia-Florida state line.
Copyright 2013 by News4Jax.com. The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.