MILLINGTON, TN (WMC) - Personnel at Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington were ordered to shelter in place for several hours Thursday after explosives that were unaccounted for were found at the Army Reserve Unit during a routine inventory.
The shelter-in-place order came down just before 11 a.m.
All personnel were ordered to shelter in place indoors while the Memphis Police Department’s Bomb Squad cleared the explosives.
The “all clear” was given around 1:30 p.m.
According to the website, the base is headquarters for Navy Personnel Command, Navy Recruiting Command, the Navy Manpower Analysis Center as well as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Finance Center. More than 7,500 military, civilian and contract personnel are assigned/work on the base.
For 3 hours, thousands of military personnel and their families were told to "shelter in place" after unaccounted for explosives were found on the Millington Naval Base.
"As soon as we knew that we had explosives on the installation that we weren't expecting, we wanted to make sure that everybody was kept safe," said Amanda Moreno, NSA Mid-South public affairs.
The explosives were discovered during a routine inventory check by the Army Reserve Unit.
"Torpedoes. That's what we found in the space... Seven," said Captain Alonza Ross, NSA Mid-South commanding officer.
The Bangelor Torpedoes, discovered on the base, were used by the combat engineer units. No foul play is suspected.
"As far as we know it's just a matter of inventory not being accounted for," said Moreno.
This type of event is very rare on the base.
"It hasn't happened in recent history. Not since I've been here," said Moreno.
The Memphis Police Department bomb squad removed the 7 torpedoes and will destroy them off site.
"It's always a relief when you get through these situations and nobody is hurt or harmed," said Ross.
An investigation has been started to determine who owns the torpedoes and how they were left off the inventory list.