A motorist’s vehicle burst into flames after it “gained unauthorized access” to the main gate of Travis Air Force Base, authorities said Thursday.
Base officials and the FBI said they are investigating the Wednesday night “security incident” in which the driver died after crashing the vehicle at the military installation about 55 miles northeast of San Francisco. Air Force officials say there is no current threat to the base, where some 7,000 active military members and 3,700 civilians live and work.
According to a report by CBS News, which cited sources in law enforcement, “investigators are treating this as an act of terrorism.” The car was reportedly carrying propane tanks and the driver is thought to have started the fire deliberately.
FBI spokeswoman Gina Swankie and Travis spokesman Airman Christian Conrad declined to discuss the incident further or to release the motorist’s name.
No other injuries were reported.
7:55 p.m: This article was updated with officials saying the incident was being treated as “an act of terrorism.”
This article originally published at 5:40 p.m.