An incident this week at a U. S. Air Force base in Northern California — in which a vehicle burst into flames after them through the gate — is treated as “an act of terrorism”, according to a report.
Authorities say a driver has died, most likely by the ignition of himself, after obtaining “unauthorized access” to Travis Air Force Base in Solano County, approximately 55 miles northeast of San Francisco, on Wednesday evening.
There was no further threat to the base, where approximately 7,000 active military members and 3,700 citizens to live and work, Air Force officials said.
The FBI has also joined the investigation in addition to the base officials.
“The safety and well being of our pilots, their families and our local community is our highest priority,” Col. John Small, commander of the 60th Air Mobility Wing at Travis, said in a press release.
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— Travis AFB Official (@Travis60AMW) March 22, 2018
“I am very proud of how our first responders quickly addressed the situation to keep Travis and the environment out of harm’s way. We are fortunate to have lasting relationships with the federal and local police, and will continue to work hand-in-hand with them through the research process.”
The vehicle was allegedly the execution of propane tanks, and the driver is thought to starting the fire intentionally, is believed to have ignited itself, CBS News reported.
FBI spokeswoman Gina Swankie and Travis spokesman Airman Christian Conrad refused to elaborate on the matter or the identify of the driver.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.