Hanscom Air Force Base evacuates buildings after 'potentially explosive materials' detected

A satellite view of Hanscom Air Force Base located about 20 miles outside of Boston

A bomb squad has been called to an Air Force base where a "suspicious truck" carrying "potentially hazardous material" pulled in this morning.

Officials said the truck was transporting the belongings of someone who was moving onto the base.

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".

Massachusetts State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said in statements that a "suspicious" moving truck and its cargo screened at Gate 1 "revealed indicators of potentially hazardous material". He told reporters Thursday: "Given the times we live in, we operate in an abundance of caution". The truck is owned by Big Foot Moving & Storage. They also said that they were "confident" the truck did not contain explosives.

Parts of the base have been evacuated, including the base's Vandenberg Gate and several facilities. The bomb squad has responded to the scene to investigate along with the Air Wing. "As of now, following the standard safety procedure, the gate has been evacuated". A spokesperson for the trucking company was quoted by the Daily Mail, saying, they are unsure of what is going on inside the base, adding, " it was only supposed to carry household goods and had to deliver the material at the Air Force base. An exit leading to the base from another route was also closed.

Bedford Police said they are monitoring the situation but that there is "no danger to the community at this time".

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

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