Security concern prompts precautionary evacuations, gate closure - Western Mass News - WGGB/WSHM

The truck from Big Foot Moving and Storage was stopped at a gate to the base

The bomb squad has been called to Hanscom Air Force Base after something of "concern" was found during a routine vehicle inspection.

At around 9 a.m. ET, security personnel discovered shut the gate, WCVB reports.

A moving truck that caused security concerns and the partial evacuation of an Air Force base in MA has been cleared. Those pallets will undergo more testing.

Hanscom Air Force Base opened as an auxiliary airport for Boston in 1941, and was leased to the War Department (now the Department of Defense) in mid-1942.

The Hanscom Air Force Base reopened Thursday afternoon after a bomb squad was called to the facility.

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State police said the screening found indicators of potentially hazardous material. The vehicle in question is a moving truck owned by Big Foot Moving out of Acton. They also said that they were "confident" the truck did not contain explosives. A spokesperson for the trucking company was quoted by the Daily Mail, saying, they are unsure of what is going on inside the base, adding, " it was only supposed to carry household goods and had to deliver the material at the Air Force base.

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. "As of now, following the standard safety procedure, the gate has been evacuated".

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

No injuries have been reported at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

Police say they closed an exit on a road leading to the base, which is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from Boston.

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