Utah Biological Weapons Center Locked Down

Looking north toward Dugway Proving Ground Testing Range. Photo: David Jolley (CC)

Looking north toward Dugway Proving Ground Testing Range. Photo: David Jolley (CC)

It’s a day for scary sci-fi stories apparently. Following on from the genetically modified mosquitoes, the U.S. Army has admitted to placing its Utah high security biological weapons facility under lockdown orders — meaning that something bad has happened within. Let’s hope it stays within, but don’t be surprised if some scary new ailment like Lyme Disease results. Report from CNN:

A Utah military facility that tests chemical and biological weapons was locked down “to resolve a serious concern,” and authorities were working to reopen the base, officials said Thursday.

All base personnel were safe and working, and no evacuation was needed, said spokeswoman, Bonnie Robinson. She would not say why the base was locked down.

The U.S. Army’s Dugway Proving Ground has been locked down since 7:25 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, said another spokeswoman, Paula Thomas.

As of about 6:15 a.m. (ET) Thursday, “We have allowed personnel outside the gate to enter Dugway … and are making preparations to begin allowing personnel to go home shortly,” Thomas said.

About 1,500 employees and contractors are stationed at the base.

Dugway commander Col. William E. King IV said earlier authorities were “working as quickly and as thoroughly as possible to resolve a serious concern within the Test Area” but he didn’t elaborate.

“As you know measures like these (lockdown of our gates) are not taken lightly. No one is in immediate danger but these steps are required.”…

[continues at CNN]

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11 Comments on "Utah Biological Weapons Center Locked Down"

  1. Captain Trips, Baaaybee.

  2. Captain Trips, Baaaybee.

  3. emperorreagan | Jan 27, 2011 at 4:07 pm |

    Ah Dugway, where helicopters buzz your car and your electronics will go haywire when jets light you up for their own amusement. I was always a worried driving by there, both because of the various military tracking you while you drive through the area and the potential for the whole place to turn into a nightmare from the cocktails of chemical and biological weapons in the area.

    Also in the same general region – one of the sites where they destroy chemical weapons the military has decided they no longer need, like mustard gas, sarin, VX…

  4. emperorreagan | Jan 27, 2011 at 12:07 pm |

    Ah Dugway, where helicopters buzz your car and your electronics will go haywire when jets light you up for their own amusement. I was always a bit worried driving by there, both because of the various military tracking you while you drive through the area and the potential for the whole place to turn into a nightmare from the cocktails of chemical and biological weapons in the area.

    Also in the same general region – one of the sites where they destroy chemical weapons the military has decided they no longer need, like mustard gas, sarin, VX…

  5. Nostratic | Jan 27, 2011 at 4:28 pm |

    My cousin works there, as a civilian.

    It’s a freaky place: huge loudspeakers are mounted on all the telephone/utility poles to announce precisely the kind of emergency lockdown events the article describes.

  6. You read my mind, Zenc!

  7. The Stand, anyone?

  8. The Stand, anyone?

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