• July 22, 2014

Threatening call stalls Fort Hood traffic

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Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014 4:30 am

A threatening phone call closed Fort Hood to inbound traffic for more than an hour Thursday as police investigated the call’s validity.

The gates were closed about 3:30 p.m., but only to inbound traffic. Cars were able to drive off the installation throughout the investigation.

“We take force protection very seriously on Fort Hood and will take prudent measures when necessary,” said Col. Christopher Garver, III Corps spokesman.

A spokesman with the Bell County Sheriff’s Department said the department was aware of the situation at Fort Hood, but its assistance wasn’t needed.

Throughout the situation, Fort Hood provided little information other than impacted traffic flow from “precautionary security measures,” allowing social media users to speculate on the cause, including that bones were found on post. That was not true, said Chris Grey, Criminal Investigation Division spokesman.

“Someone thought it was bones, (but it) turned out to be rock,” he said.

Just after 5 p.m., Fort Hood reopened for normal traffic patterns.

The last time Fort Hood closed its gates was during the April 2 shooting that left four dead and 16 wounded.

Fort Hood announced the following gates will close today through Monday for Memorial Day weekend: Highway 195 Extension, Santa Fe Avenue, Tank Destroyer Boulevard heading west to Copperas Cove, Old Copperas Cove Road at West Fort Hood, Mohawk Road at West Fort Hood and 79th Street.

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