Gate at Kirtland AFB
Click to enlarge — Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal

Gate at Kirtland Air Force Base reopened after the lockdown

The reported gunshots that triggered a lockdown at Kirtland Air Force Base Wednesday afternoon turned out to be someone popping bubble wrap, said Eric Elliott, the director of public affairs for the base.

“One individual had some heavy-duty bubble wrap from a package and was stepping on it to pop it,” he said. “Someone else heard the popping and —due to (the mass shooting) happening in San Bernardino — called 911.”

The base and three nearby elementary schools were locked down for about 45 minutes while security forces investigated.

On Thursday, the popper confessed to sparking the scare with the “sandwich bag-size air pockets”…

“The person who popped the bubble wrap came forward to security forces and said, ‘Hey I think that was me. It was louder than I expected…’”

Terrorists have won.



    • gracie says:

      Huh? Wha?

    • jpfitz says:

      The Kirtland AFB Director of Public Affairs Eric Elliott believes this popping incident was good practice for the base. Nah, more like fear and adrenaline fueled by the latest shooting. I understand the base’s reaction, what’s gonna happen with fireworks during this level of heightened awareness or fear?

    • Tim says:

      ok. But perhaps he was popping them over a public adress system?

      #packaging material lives matter!

  1. jpfitz says:

    Eideard, I’m not on board with you about the terrorists winning. Terror is a tactic not an entity. Muslim extremists are causing terror. We, the USA hasn’t lost this battle with some sand bugs.

    • morey says:

      Thus speaketh a radical Christianist.

      • jpfitz says:

        morey…no Xtian here. Tell me a deity you may think I worship has to do with logic, like the word “Terror” which is a tactic.

        Eideard wasn’t being sarcastic. How long have you been on this blog reading?

  2. morey says:

    Although Eideard prolly should invent html to communicate sarcasm clearly to the ethnically-blinded.

  3. Wayne R says:

    Country with the most advanced military in the world…afraid of bubble wrap.

  4. noname says:

    It may easily have been a diabolical al Qaeda scheme, planting bubble wrap (let the wind waft it over the high voltage fence) filled with either a clear nuclear contact explosive or some deadly poisonous gas left on the ground waiting and tempting any innocent passer-by to step on it, “pop”, game over!

    If there’s a 1% chance that al Qaeda scientists have this new type of “low-probability, high-impact” threat… is it worth the danger? I am with George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld we must ban all bubble wrap now or at least require a HLS background check first before anyone can buy it!

    Next, al Qaeda will give an operative exploding bubble wrap underwear to wear on a plane, sits down and boom!

    Where does this madness end?

    Same idea when the CIA left a Stuxnet virus/worm infected USB on the ground at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility parking lot!

  5. NewFormatSux says:

    Oh my, they were extra cautious days after a shooting by ISIS supporters.

    And I’m guessing Eideard believes that all these refugees will be thoroughly vetted better than these two were.

  6. Semper Fi MOTHERFUCKER! says:

    That’s Hilarious! And hey! It is the “air” force! (As if that branch of the service wasn’t chock full of scarredey-cat “pussies” to begin with.)

    • jpfitz says:

      Hey, Grunt…jealous you’re not flying?

      • noname says:

        Last I cked Marines have planes too!

        How many Zombies, oops I mean “Zoomies” have landed on a carrier? Not many if any, it’s generally too difficult for them!

        Marines use their planes mainly to directly save American lives with close (and I mean close) air support to its ground forces. Airforce is too afraid to fly low (might disrupt their dinner plans)!

        Marines historically have more than 120 aces and earned over 11 Medals of Honor!

        Semper Fortis!

        • jpfitz says:

          Semper Fortis! Indeed.
          Never saw the attraction of jibing a team mate when lives are on the line.

          • noname says:

            Yikes, what a despicable sick landlubber … “jibing a team mate”.

            Maybe you should stick to stuff you know!

          • ± says:

            -to noname-

            Why don’t you enlighten the rest of us, or are you just a sorry piece of shit?

          • noname says:

            Our favorite Nazi (plus/minus listening Hitler) speaks!

            Oh that hurts, you calling me shit, really it hurts a deranged lunatic wannabe should call me names, ouch!

            Not busy planning another Skokie march?

  7. NewFormatSux says:

    I can imagine Eideard posting after a school gets shot up, “Local military stands by as schoolkids murdered.”

    • noname says:

      I think you mean ““Local police stands by as schoolkids murdered.”. That seems to be more historically accurate.

      For instance, is was ~3 hrs 40 min later that the police caught up with Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook. I know the police are aggressively self-congratulating themselves and expressing concern about post-traumatic stress disorder, but it would have more professional to be less self-congratulatory and expressed genuine concern for the victims instead.

      This event was not about the police being victims, but the police sure make it sound like they are the victims here.

      Dec. 2, 2015 2:40 p.m.
      Police in San Bernardino, California, are responding to reports of an active shooter at a social services facility.
      3:25 p.m. (45 min later)
      Police say they are searching for one or more gunmen after a shooting at a social services facility in Southern California.

      4:55 p.m. (2 hrs 15 min later)
      Police say no one is in custody after a shooting at a social services facility in Southern California and they are searching for suspects.

      5:10 p.m.(2 hrs 30 min later)
      Police say that the suspects in the deadly shooting at a social services facility in Southern California may have fled in a dark-colored SUV.

      6:20 p.m. (3 hrs 40 min later)
      Police are pointing guns at a dark-colored SUV with shattered windows on a residential street.

      • NewFormatSux says:

        Umm, you saw the post was about a military base?

        • noname says:

          I did but did you?

          Wtf does “a military base” have to do with “school gets shot up”?

          I am just historically correcting your inane post!

          • NewFormatSux says:

            The article says they locked down three schools.

          • noname says:

            “The “DU” article says they locked down three schools.”

            Yes it does and who you think responded to these neighboring public schools, if they did…. -the civilian police-.

            American public schools are intentionally not in the military jurisdiction unless it’s martial law (Highest-ranking military officer assumes the position of ‘military governor’ as the new/temporary head of government, removing all power from the previous executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government)!

            What is funny about the whole thing, both the popper and the caller were civilian employees on the base, dumbasses!!

            Next time before yapping and pointing fingers, at least point out the right culprits, moron!

          • NewFormatSux says:

            brother been borrowing bobbo’s brain?
            Because of the military’s action, the schools were locked down.

            Alternative, actual shooting is heard, calm reaction by base, school gets shot up, Eideard posts about how the military let it happen, with a throwaway comment line about loving guns or something like that.

          • noname says:

            Your imagination again takes you down another rabbit hole into your fantasy world, what drugs are you on?

            “Because of the military’s action, the schools were locked down.”

            Really, are you dumbly saying it’s the military’s fault because they responded to a civilian employee calling about another civilian employee popping bubble wrap, what a total and complete dumbass!

            Wow, and your drugs & imagination also give you the total hots for old dudes, Eideard. Most of your posts are trying to get him to gaze at you!


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