Truck stopped at gate to Air Force base over explosives fear

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. (AP) — Potentially explosive material was detected Thursday during a routine inspection of a truck at a gate to an Air Force base, leading to parts of the facility being evacuated.

The truck was stopped at one of the entrances to Hanscom Air Force Base, about 20 miles west of Boston.

There was no indication from authorities what type of material might have caused the concern. Several buildings were evacuated, and state police said a 1,500-foot (457-meter) perimeter was set up around the truck.

“At approximately 9 a.m., during a routine vehicle inspection here, Security Forces detected some potentially explosive material, which caused the base to put response actions in place,” according to a statement posted on Hanscom’s website.

By early afternoon, TV news video showed officers removing items from the cargo area of the vehicle.

The truck is owned by Big Foot Moving & Storage. A woman who answered the phone at the company’s Acton headquarters said, “We don’t know what’s going on.”

Police also closed an exit from Route 2A, a major roadway leading to the base.

No injuries were reported.

Hanscom Field, a civilian airport adjacent to the base, remained operating, according to the Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates the commercial facility.

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

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