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Crews On Scene After Vehicle Tests Positive for Explosives at Air Force Base

Crews On Scene After Vehicle Tests Positive for Explosives at Air Force Base

Security personnel saw something during a routine vehicle inspection that led them to trigger security precautions at Hanscom Air Force Base on Thursday morning. They said only that there was a "concern" during the vehicle inspection at a base gate that made the Big Foot moving truck "suspicious". Those pallets will undergo more testing.

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

Also, a statement was laid out by the Massachusetts State Police: " Our phones rang at around 9:45 am and we were informed about the suspicious truck that was stopped at the Air Force Base Gate 1. State police closed the exit from Route 2A to the base and have set up a perimeter that extended 1,500 feet from the truck in all directions.

This is the truck being inspected at #Hanscom AFB in #Massachusetts Reports: cargo contained explosive material.

State police bomb squad commander Sgt. William Qualls said the tests underway hopefully would determine the origin of where the trace amount of explosives residue that triggered the alarm.

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The Hanscom Air Force Base is 848 acres large and headquarters the 66th Air Base Group.

Although the Vandenberg Gate remains closed, "the base is otherwise returning to normal operations", officials added. The vehicle in question is a moving truck owned by Big Foot Moving out of Acton.

"There are no injuries, and responders are investigating the situation at this time", said Newell.

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