Airmen assigned to the 23rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Ga., re-configure weapons on an A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the 74th Fighter Squadron Moody AFB for Exercise Mobil Tiger Nov. 19, 2019 on MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.(Air Force photo / Staff Sgt. Brad Tipton)

Reports of shots fired at or near MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa created an hour of panic early Friday, but there was no shooting and no threat, military officials said.

The base, about four miles south of downtown Tampa, was placed on a temporary lockdown from roughly 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. as officials investigated.

"Local authorities notified there was an armed and dangerous suspect near the Tanker Way gate area of MacDill Air Force Base," the base posted on its Facebook page. "At approximately 7:00 a.m. this morning, MacDill went on lockdown until first responders isolated the situation near Tanker Way gate.

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Amie Norquist says her family has suffered health problems from mold in their MacDill base housing. They had to get rid of mold-contaminated furniture, too, in an expensive move to a new home in Riverview. (Times/TNS)

TAMPA — Five military families filed a federal lawsuit this week against owners and managers of private housing at MacDill Air Force Base, alleging years of negligence in persistent problems with mold throughout the buildings.

The families seek damages for emotional, financial and medical costs associated with mold exposure and other medical concerns. The lawsuit is the latest among several suits filed against military housing landlords across the country.

The Tampa lawsuit alleges that property owners and managers rejected families' concerns over mold exposure, performed shoddy remediation efforts, and failed to share results of their testing for mold. In at least one house, the mold went untreated for so long that mushrooms grew out of the floor, according to the suit.

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Two military bases in Florida and one in Arizona will see heat indexes over 100 degrees four months out of every year if steps aren't taken to reduce carbon emissions, a new study warns.

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In true Florida fashion, another gator crawled its way into a surprising spot. This time, onto the flight line at MacDill Air Force Base.

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Gen. Joseph Votel. Photo: Lisa Ferdinando/DoD

TAMPA — A lawsuit reveals the extent of the loss from a fire two years ago that burned the home of the former U.S. Central Command leader and destroyed its contents, including gifts from world leaders and art and antiques collected by his wife.

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