Suspicious truck is stopped at gate to Hanscom air base

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

Officials with the 66th Air Base Group said that around 9 a.m. Thursday, security forces detected a concern during a routine vehicle inspection.

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

Officials said the truck had been stopped at a gate into the base Thursday morning after potentially explosive material was detected during a routine investigation. A woman who answered the phone at the company's Acton headquarters said "we don't know what's going on" and declined further comment.

A moving truck that caused security concerns and the partial evacuation of an Air Force base in MA has been cleared.

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. He said it is unclear what triggered the response, adding that the company is working with authorities. They have also closed the exit from Route 2A.

"Given the times we live in, this was the right call", state police said regarding their handling of the incident.




Hanscom Field, a commercial airport adjacent to the base, remained operational. The State Fire Marshal's office said an assessment of two suspicious vehicles is underway and that standard protocol is being followed.

Sources told WBZ-TV Chief Investigative Report Cheryl Fiandaca a "suspicious truck" prompted the response.

No injuries are reported and emergency personnel are on the scene.

About 10,000 people, including military staff and civilians, work at the 846-acre (342-hectare) site in Bedford, Massachusetts, which is about 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Boston and houses units overseeing acquisitions, cyber security and some nuclear operations.

It has played a large role in the high tech area in Cambridge, working with MIT and Harvard during times of war in the past.

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