Aug 13, 2012 6:31 PM by Greg Boyce
There were some tense moments this afternoon at Peterson Air Force Base when a radiation detector activated at the east gate near Marksheffel Road about 1 p.m.
An area outside the gate was restricted for more than an hour while emergency responders determined the commercial vehicle causing the activation was not a danger.
Base officials said there was never any threat to the community.
"This is what we train for, and the base responders and our civilian partners performed well to give us the precautionary safety zone necessary to ensure this potential situation was contained," Col. Jeffrey Flewelling, 21st Space Wing vice commander said. "Our protocols were followed to the letter, and I'm confident we took the proper safety precautions while we investigated this alarm activation."