Suspicious Truck Prompts Bomb Squad Response At Hanscom Air Force Base

by Abel Hampton July 8, 2017, 0:18
Suspicious Truck Prompts Bomb Squad Response At Hanscom Air Force 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 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 police bomb squad and air wing were deployed to the scene.

The base temporarily closed the Vandenberg Route 2A Gate and has evacuated nearby facilities.

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.

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.

Police pulled the two people in the truck aside for questioning.

The Air Force base has been in existence since 1941 and has served as a major military research center.

The truck from Big Foot Moving and Storage was stopped at a gate to the base. A perimeter extending 1,500 feet from the truck in all directions has been set up, police said. Those pallets will undergo more testing. The adjacent Hanscom Field provides general aviation and charter service.

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

More than 10,000 active duty, Reserve and National Guard personnel, along with contractors and civilians are supported, sustained and employed by Hanscom.

The majority of Hanscom is in Bedford, but parts are also in the adjoining towns of Concord and Lincoln.

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