Lockdown lifted at Hanscom Air Force Base after bomb scare

Michele Moreno
July 8, 2017

A state police bomb squad unit, local police, ATF officers and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials responded around 9 a.m.to the base after a routine screening of a truck at an entrance gate found "potentially explosive materials", officials said.

'The Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad has responded and our Air Wing is responding as well. The state police Fusion Center is assisting with the investigation.

Parts of the base have been evacuated, including the base's Vandenberg Gate and several facilities.

All news helicopters have been told to vacate the air space over the base over to security concerns the truck poses, WHDH reported. The truck is owned by Big Foot Moving & Storage.

Two people that were in the truck were pulled aside and questioned by authorities. Police said they had set up a 1,500-foot (457-meter) perimeter around the truck.

Police closed an exit on a road leading to the base, which is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from Boston. Those pallets will undergo more testing.

No injuries were reported during the incident. 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 adjacent Hanscom Field provides general aviation and charter service. More than 10,000 active duty, Reserve and National Guard personnel; defense contractors and civilians are supported or employed by Hanscom.

There is privatized housing on the base, with a total of 731 homes.

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