Terrorism at Travis Air Force Base
California – On Wednesday night, an SUV loaded with propane tanks breached the security gates at Travis Air Force Base. The SUV burst into flames as the driver ignited himself and the tanks inside. The USAF is investigating it as terrorism. The suspect died in the vehicle. The Air Force knows the name of the perpetrator but has not yet released it.
“Law enforcement sources say the car carried propane tanks and the driver deliberately ignited the fire. He died inside the car, which drove off the road into a ditch. There are no reports of shots fired during the incident. The driver has been identified by law enforcement but not been named. Since he ignited himself, investigators are treating this as an act of terrorism. The FBI has joined the Air Force in the investigation.” Travis Air Force Base
An Air Force forum post reads:
From the Inbox: “The guy came to the gate with propane tanks in his vehicle, he started reaching for what looked like an I.D card, started messing with a fuel ignition source to blow the propane tanks. He then drove into the outbound portion of the lane where he burned to death. The Amn was working the lane the driver came through attempted to save the man’s life, but the propane tanks burned the man up. We closed the 1 ton black gates manually. We didn’t know if it was a terrorist attack or a suicide, but we were using the word Bomb for the incident. He stopped initially to confront the guard, but the SF member screamed he had a Bomb and ran for cover. The car then sped off an burst into flames. No shots fired. They evacuated everything within a 1000 ft cordon, to include the “FAM CAMP” trailer park. Fairfield PD evacuated all businesses next to the base. The Hospital gate was always open with very strict stop check and pass procedures. They should of increased the FPCON. FBI, OSI and county investigators were the only ones allowed into the scene.” Travis Air Force Base
Several posts on the Air Force forum show firefighters attempting to put out the blaze.
There was a possible attempted attack at Travis Air Force base in northern California. A car loaded with propane tanks ran through the main gates last night. CBS News’ John Blackstone reporting. https://t.co/V9xHOKQmbu pic.twitter.com/VMMyEefB7U
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 22, 2018
An unauthorized vehicle crashed shortly after it gained access through the main gate at Travis Air Force Base near Sacramento, Calif., late Wednesday, fatally injuring the driver, according to a statement from the base public affairs. https://t.co/oAYxCrTH4e
— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) March 22, 2018
Incident near main gate of Travis Air Force Base. Source of video unknown. pic.twitter.com/blLys0ZQ7g
— Alert 5 (@alert5) March 22, 2018