Explosives scare caused evacuation at Hanscom AFB

State police bomb squad called in

Helicopter image courtesy: NBC Boston

BEDFORD, Mass. (WWLP) – Things are returning to normal at Hanscom Air Force Base in eastern Massachusetts, hours after potentially explosive material was detected during an inspection of a moving truck at one of the base’s gates.

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.

The Massachusetts State Police bomb squad was called in as part of the investigation. 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.

The truck was cleared early Thursday afternoon and airmen and employees have been allowed to return to buildings on base.

There were no injuries in the incident.

The Hanscom news release states that pallets from the truck contained some “potentially concerning residue,” and they have been removed from the area to be taken to a specialized facility for testing.

State police say that no one is under arrest and no one is suspected of a crime, however they are trying to determine just how the residue got there.

A spokesperson for Big Foot Moving, which owns the truck, told NBC Boston that they are cooperating with authorities, but they do not believe that there is any reason for concern. The truck was headed onto the base in order to move-in a member of the military.