Bomb squad searching suspicious truck at Hanscom gate

Massachusetts' Hanscom Air Force Base operations returned to normal on Thursday after a routine test turned up trace evidence of explosives on a moving truck bringing a shipment onto the base, officials said. Several buildings were evacuated, and state police set up a 1,500-foot (457-meter) perimeter around the truck.

"However pallets from the truck, which contain potentially concerning residue, have been removed and will be taken to a specialized facility for testing", the statement continued.

Bomb squads were called after a truck trying to enter the Bedford Massachusetts base tested positive for'potentially explosive material during a routine stop around 9am Thursday
Suspicious Truck Prompts Bomb Squad Response At Hanscom Air Force Base

A security concern has caused a precautionary response at Hanscom Air Force Base in eastern MA.

Massachusetts State Police said their bomb squad responded to the base after screening of the truck revealed "potentially hazardous material".


"Given the times we live in, we operate in an abundance of caution", Massachusetts State Police Major Fran Leahy told a news conference after the site was cleared. The truck is owned by Big Foot Moving & Storage. Bomb Squad on scene.

Hanscom Air Force Base. "As of now, following the standard safety procedure, the gate has been evacuated".


Authorities have closed the exit from Route 2A to Hanscom AFB while the ongoing situation is investigated further. A woman who answered the phone at the company's Acton headquarters said, "We don't know what's going on".

The base immediately announced the closure of the Vandenberg Gate, which is located along on Route 2A, after a bomb-sniffing dog zeroed in on a crate that was on board the moving truck.


There have been no reports of injuries.


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