A state police bomb squad unit, local police, ATF officers and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials responded around 9 a.m.to the base after a routine screening of a truck at an entrance gate found "potentially explosive materials", officials said.
Live aerial footage during the search showed a large truck with "Big Foot Moving & Storage" emblazoned on the side stopped near the base's gate with an armored military vehicle parked nearby. Those pallets will undergo more testing.
Emergency services were called to Hanscom Air Force Base in MA at around 9.45am.
Around 9:45 a.m. ET, security at the base in Bedford notified police of a "suspicious truck" that had been stopped at the gate for a routine vehicle inspection.
"A standard screening of the truck and its cargo revealed indicators of potentially hazardous material", State Police said.
Vehicle Tests Positive for Explosives at Hanscom AFB
As a precaution, the base's Vandenberg Gate was temporarily closed and several facilities were evacuated. The bomb squad has responded to the scene to investigate along with the Air Wing.
Big Foot Moving and Storage, a local moving company, was scheduled to make a delivery of "household goods" on the base, company representatives told WFXT. The police also closed the exit from Route 2A to Hanscom while the situation is ongoing. It is located about 15 miles (24km) northwest of Boston. A woman who answered the phone at the company's Acton headquarters said, "We don't know what's going on".
Qualls says "there was something there at some point in time".
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