Main gate temporarily closed at Ellsworth AFB after K-9 alerts to vehicle
BOX ELDER, S.D. — The main gate at Ellsworth Air Force Base and nearby roads in Box Elder were closed for about two hours while military police investigated a vehicle trying to enter the base. No threat was determined.
According to Box Elder police, around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday evening a dog ‘alerted’ on a vehicle going into the main gate, prompting a full response from local law enforcement.
Box Elder police and fire department were called to the scene. Ellsworth’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) was on site as well.
EOD sent in a robot to investigate the vehicle followed by two airmen. Both trips came back negative and no bomb was found. According to Ellsworth Public Affairs, police suspect the K-9 alerted to gun powder residue from the driver’s recent hunting trip.
A 1,000 ft. perimeter around the main gate was set up, closing the road to traffic on Liberty Blvd. at Ellsworth Rd. going into the main gate. Traffic was being diverted to the school gate. Some homes in base housing were affected due to the perimeter.
As of 9:15 p.m., roadways were opening up to regular traffic.