NEWINGTON — A July 2 lockdown of the Pease Air National Guard Base was prompted by one person who reported hearing gunshots, but that person had never heard gunshots before, Police Chief Michael Bilodeau said Monday.

Bilodeau said police followed up with that person, who reported hearing gunshots to a supervisor, who in turn called base security. The initial late-morning report led to a police response from multiple agencies, the base being put on lockdown and a subsequent search.

During an afternoon press conference, Bilodeau announced his confidence that no weapon was fired and the lockdown had been lifted.

The Newington chief said Monday that during a followup investigation, police spoke with the person who reported hearing gunshots and learned that person had not heard a gun fired before. He said there were several other people in the area at the same time and they were "not surprised by any noise" in that area, which was outdoors.

Bilodeau said no shell casings were found outside or in any base buildings.

The Newington Police Department posted to its Facebook page that there was no threat to the community. Wing commander Col. John Pogorek added there was “no cause for alarm for our neighbors.”