A vehicle that was possibly packed with propane tanks crashed through the main gate of Travis Air Force Base in California and exploded, killing the driver, base officials said Thursday.
Detectives from the FBI and Air Force Office of Special Investigations have identified the motorist responsible for the "unauthorized access," but they did not release that person’s name or a possible motive for the mayhem.
"A unique and unusual situation" were the words Lt. Greg Hurlbut of the Fairfield Police Department used to describe the inferno, which erupted shortly after the vehicle breached the gate around 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET) Wednesday.
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene after first responders doused the flames engulfing the vehicle, which appeared to be either a truck or an SUV.
Hurlbut told NBC News a robot was used to make sure there were no unexploded military supplies in what was left of the vehicle before the area was declared safe.
Videos posted on a Facebook forum for members of the Air Force show the vehicle in flames inside the gate with thick gray smoke billowing into the sky.//cdn.iframe.ly/embed.js