‘Suspicious item’ found near Wright-Patterson AFB cleared; No word on what it was

BATH TWP. — There were no details shared Thursday night about the “suspicious item” that prompted Wright-Patterson emergency responders, including security forces and the Explosives Ordnance Disposal Team, to respond to a call about a suspicious item found in the Woods housing area earlier in the day.

At approximately 4:20 p.m., the suspicious item was found as local authorities were conducting a law enforcement action in that area. Out of an abundance of caution for the residents, the area around the residence was evacuated and a 500-foot cordon was placed.

At approximately 8:30 p.m., Explosives Ordnance Disposal technicians cleared the item and all residents were allowed to safely return home.

“It was great work by our first responders and a special thanks goes out to our local, state and federal mutual aid partners,” said Maj. Nathan Thomsen, 788th Civil Engineering Squadron commander.

UPDATE @ 8:30 p.m.

The all clear has been declared and residents have been cleared to return to their homes, according to a social media post from the 88th Air Base Wing.

The scene has been declared safe.


Evacuations are underway after a “suspicious package” was found in a housing area near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Thursday.

The package was located in the Woods housing area located off Kaufman avenue and National Road, a spokesperson for WPAFB said.

“A 500 ft cordon has been established and the 88th Security Forces is currently evacuating the homes in the affected area,” the spokesperson said.

The portion of Kaufman Avenue along the housing is currently closed.

People are being advised to stay away from the area until clear.

The spokesperson says the situation is ongoing.

We will continue updating this story as more details become available.

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