November 5th, 2010
05:15 PM ET

NASA: Ohio research center lockdown was security test

[Update 5:15 p.m.] Two employees with the same last name were part of the reason behind Friday's security scare at a NASA research center in Ohio.

The Glenn Research Center was locked down for an hour after an employee received a phone call leading him to believe a gunman was on campus.

It turned out that the phone call was part of a test of emergency management systems at another NASA center, Center Director Ramon Lugo III said in a press conference Friday.

The employee who received the phone call at the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland had the same last name as an employee at the test site, triggering the misdirected phone call, he said.

The employee reported the phone call and the center was locked down for about an hour until officials became aware of the error.

"There is not - nor has there been - a gunman or shooter here at NASA Glenn Research Center," Lugo said Friday at the press conference. "All the employees are safe."

With noteworthy aplomb, he also responded to a question from a reporter that was probably on the minds of others: "How embarrassing is this for NASA? You guys are rocket scientists, you put people on the moon, what's going on?"

Lugo said NASA buys its emergency management systems from outside contractors, and tests like this help work out bugs in the system.

"OK, so it is embarrassing," he said with a slight smile.

"But what we did, we actually performed an exercise today that proves that we, working with local law enforcement, can secure our employees in the center, so there was a benefit. It just would've been nice to know we were running an exercise."

[Update 11:04 a.m.] NASA has given the all-clear after a security scare at a research center in Ohio. The agency says the incident was part of a security test.

[Original post] NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is on lockdown after unconfirmed reports of "possible activity involving a gun," a NASA spokeswoman said Friday.

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  1. kim

    Sound like a cover up of what really might of went oh well.

    November 6, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. d

    Next time use social security numbers to ID employees.....

    November 6, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. incognito bystander

    i smell a cover up.

    November 6, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RenegadeEagleOne

    The fact is nasa as we know with holds tech that should be used to help build beter longer lasting homes, cleaner water, and figure a beter way to clean up garbage in new ways.
    The best way to begin to understand the galaxy is to look apon the earth. if you ever could build a real sys to build space ships. were talkn truely masive ships to explore the vastnesses of space. you would want earth tech to help on the journy. for instance we would have to have soil compost, and other elements to keep plants and other things that make earth, earth. nasa is just a small? but large spender on tech nerds that if the were to recalculate there im worth this befor the fact is(not). thus means they have to pay more back for billions of bs charge. if they relly wanted to go explore they would take a wage gross ammount for living. it is redundent bs wage take to build to get where? to moon or mars. i say mars. there is more to this world than petty this petty that. we all need to straitn up. & go for the galaxy.

    November 6, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Blessed Geek

    Nov 10, 2050.
    NASA terminated a vehicle mid-flight to Mars because of a misdirected call to test abort procedures for lunar-bound vehicles. NASA regrets that all the crew and passengers on the auto-terminated Mars-bound flight perished.

    November 6, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Willy Snap

    The Brady Campaign was broken hearted that this was a false alarm. They can only fund raise after a tragedy. Better luck next time folks.

    November 7, 2010 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. BlueK

    This just is a shining example of why we need to get rid of NASA altogether. What's the point? Knowing whether there coukd be life in Mars and knowing if the Moon had ice ten billion years ago isn't going to help me do anything in my life. Sure, those programs are interesting to watch on a Saturday afternoon, but couldn't we just replace them with reruns of The Office instead??

    November 7, 2010 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. Phil, Ohio

    "But what we did, we actually performed an exercise today that proves that we, working with local law enforcement, can secure our employees in the center"?
    It does not! Not when you've got the wrong center!

    Earlier this was reported as being from NASA in Florida. But why on the day of the scheduled Discovery launch?
    What if this so called test happened right after lift-off? Would everyone abandon their posts?

    November 7, 2010 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. NoSuchThingAsAnOpinion

    Would you like to debate political and social issues with a supergenius who placed 74th in the world?

    November 7, 2010 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. who cares

    Who cares. Go do something. U unemployed hating monkeys.

    November 7, 2010 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. W L jones

    To Nasa(s) Heat and purefiy water,cool down to tropal tempture in control invire ment agate shoot it with magnetic charge see whether you can create primite life.

    November 7, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
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