Hanscom Air Force Base evacuates buildings after 'potentially explosive materials' detected
Jul 08 2017
Things are returning to normal at Hanscom Air Force Base in eastern MA, hours after potentially explosive material was detected during an inspection of a moving truck at one of the base's gates.
At around 9 a.m. ET, security personnel discovered shut the gate, WCVB reports.
The truck is owned by Big Foot Moving & Storage, the Associated Press reported. "However pallets from the truck, which contain potentially concerning residue, have been removed and will be taken to a specialized facility for testing", the base said.
A state police bomb squad and an Air Wing responded to the scene.
"A standard screening of the truck and its cargo revealed indicators of potentially hazardous material", state police wrote in a statement.
The base put a response team in place, closed the gate and evacuated several nearby base facilities. Fran Leahy (LAY'-hee) says an initial inspection of the moving truck detected the possible presence of explosives, and a special canine unit also got a hit.
Hanscom Air Force Base is located predominantly within Bedford, Massachusetts, with portions extending into the adjoining towns of Concord and Lincoln.
A spokesperson for Massachusetts State Police said: 'We were notified of a suspicious truck that had been stopped by base security at Gate 1 at Hanscom Air Force Base. An exit leading to the base from another route was also closed. A woman who answered the phone at the company's Acton headquarters said, "We don't know what's going on".
"Given the times we live in, this was the right call", state police said regarding their handling of the incident.