Section of Highway 71, westbound Highway 88 remain closed Thursday
All lanes of Highway 71 between Harrisburg and Kimball, and Highway 88 from Bridgeport to the Highway 71 junction, remained closed Thursday, because of a military humvee carrying live ammunition caught fire on the road.
Emergency officials originally closed Hwy. 71 from Gering to Kimball around 2 p.m., but reopened the road from Harrisburg to Gering at 3:15 p.m. Monday. The eastbound lane of Hwy. 88 is open.
All occupants in the vehicle were able to escape the flames. There were no injuries.
Personnel were unable to unload ammunition, including grenades, before the vehicle became engulfed in flames.
According to the F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, military personnel were scheduled to be in the area Tuesday to detonate the live ammunition. However, strong winds postponed the operation. The road closures are expected to continue until further notice.
Air Force Base Sergeant Cody Dowell said he has not been given any further updates on when the road will reopen. Dowell said the the road is unsafe for the time being.
The Kimball County Sheriff's office, Kimball Volunteer Fire Department, Nebraska State Patrol and the Nebraska Department of Transportation responded to the scene.
The incident remains under investigation.