'Potentially hazardous material' found in truck, bomb squad called to Hanscom AFB

Aaron Brown
July 8, 2017

Hanscom Air Force Base has evacuated base facilities and closed a security gate after traces of "potentially hazardous material" were found during a routine screening of a truck, Massachusetts State Police said. They said only that there was a "concern" during the vehicle inspection at a base gate that made the Big Foot moving truck "suspicious". The truck has since been cleared, but some items that were removed will be taken to a special facility for testing.

Security Forces were doing a routine vehicle inspection when around 9:00 A.M. when they detected something that caused response actions.

"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 bomb squad has responded to the scene to investigate along with the Air Wing.

Hanscom AFB emerged as the Air Force's center for development and acquisition of electronic systems in 1945.

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Big Foot Moving and Storage, a local moving company, was scheduled to make a delivery of "household goods" on the base, company representatives told WFXT.

The precautions included a "temporary closure" of the Vandenberg Gate, on Route 2A, and the evacuation of several nearby buildings, the base said. A woman who answered the phone at the company's Acton headquarters said, "We don't know what's going on".

No injuries are reported and emergency personnel are on the scene.

Bedford police said they are aware of the ongoing incident but there is "no danger to the community at this time".

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