Hanscom Air Force Base returns to normal operations after explosives scare

BEDFORD, Mass. (NECN) — Portions of Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts were evacuated Thursday after a truck tested positive for potentially explosive material.

U.S. Air Force officials said security forces detected a concern during a routine vehicle inspection around 9 a.m., causing the base to take "response actions."

That included the closure of the base's Vandenberg Gate near Route 2A and evacuation of several nearby base facilities. An area around the gate was also evacuated and a perimeter set up extending 1,500 feet from the truck. The vehicle in question was a moving truck owned by Big Foot Moving & Storage out of Acton.

The Air Force announced shortly after 1 p.m. that the truck had been cleared. The base has returned to normal operations and everyone who was evacuated allowed to return.

No one was injured.

"It was the right call by the U.S. Air Force and it was the right response," Massachusetts State Police Maj. Fran Leahy said Thursday afternoon. "We realize there was an inconvenience to some of the people who work and live here, but given the times we live in, we operate with an abundance of caution."

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