Published: Sat, July 08, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Truck stopped at gate to Air Force base over explosives fear

Truck stopped at gate to Air Force base over explosives fear

Hanscom Air Force Base in MA has closed a gate and evacuated the nearby area after a suspicious truck prompted officials to call in the bomb squad.

According to a base news release, security forces detected the concern during a routine vehicle inspection at around 9:00 A.M. Several buildings were evacuated, and one of the base's gates was shut down.

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

"A standard screening of the truck and its cargo revealed indicators of potentially hazardous material", state police wrote in a statement. They also said that they were "confident" the truck did not contain explosives.

Investigators eventually cleared the truck and its contents, which were delivering personal belongings to a new recruit at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) outside Boston. Bomb Squad on scene.

Although the Vandenberg Gate remains closed, "the base is otherwise returning to normal operations", officials added.

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.

An exit from Route 2A, a major roadway leading to the base, is closed while authorities investigate. A woman who answered the phone at the company's Acton headquarters said, "We don't know what's going on".

"There was something there at some point in time", Qualls said.

There have been no reports of injuries.

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