BEDFORD, Mass. — The bomb squad was called to Hanscom Air Force Base Thursday morning after potentially explosive material was found in a moving truck during a routine vehicle inspection, CBS Boston reports.
Authorities responded to the base around 9 a.m. and later called in the Massachusetts State Police bomb squad for assistance. The FBI is also assisting in the investigation, but declined further comment.
The State Fire Marshal’s office said an assessment is underway of two suspicious vehicles, adding that standard protocol is being followed. As a precaution, the base’s Vandenberg Gate has been temporarily closed and several facilities were evacuated.
A perimeter has been set up extending 1,500 feet from the truck in all directions. Hanscom Field airport remains open.
A Big Foot Moving and Storage truck is stopped at the gate to the base. The company spokesman says they are unsure what is going on at this point in the investigation.
Bedford Police said they are monitoring the situation but that there is “no danger to the community at this time.”
Hanscom Air Force Base, which covers 848 acres, is headquarters to the 66th Air Base group. More than 10,000 people work at the base, which has more than 150 buildings. The base spans land in Concord, Bedford and Lincoln.
No injuries have been reported. The investigation is ongoing.
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