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Two accused of trying to gain unauthorized access to MacDill

TAMPA — A man and woman were detained after they tried to gain unauthorized access to MacDill Air Force Base on Monday, an official said.

Their Honda sport utility vehicle contained military-style weapons, the official said, but no explosives.

At about 5 p.m. the SUV was stopped at the Bayshore Boulevard gate after the pair was unable to show proper identification, said Katherine B. Holt, a spokeswoman for MacDill.

Security crews found military-style gear and weapons. The contents included about a dozen rifle magazines, a few long bags that are used to hold rifles, military clothing, duffel bags and boxes of ammunition, reports Bay News 9.

MacDill's Fire Department and explosive ordnance disposal units were dispatched, Holt said, but no explosives were found.

The man and woman, whose names were not released, were being questioned and the investigation was continuing.

Authorities would not say Monday night whether the man and woman were guests or had official business at MacDill.

The main gate from S Dale Mabry Highway remained open.

The Bayshore Boulevard gate, where the incident occurred, is usually closed in the evening.

The South Tampa base houses the headquarters of the Central Command, which runs the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, and the Special Operations Command. On May 19, an off-duty FBI agent shot and killed an Army veteran after a confrontation and chase at the base. The veteran had been visiting the base when the altercation broke out, officials said.

Two accused of trying to gain unauthorized access to MacDill 06/14/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 10:00am]
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