Massachusetts Air Force base open after suspicious truck cleared

More than dozen buildings were evacuated at Hanscom Air Force Base on Thursday morning after a routine vehicle inspection may have tested positive for explosives, officials said.

The Massachusetts State Police bomb squad was called in as part of the investigation. The company declined comment when contacted by MassLive. Around noon, the bomb squad members arrived at the scene and started to inspect the vehicle with the help of two dogs, who then started to bring cardboard boxes out of the vehicle.

The Vandenberg gate along Route 2A is temporarily closed and several nearby base facilities have been evacuated.

Security Forces were doing a routine vehicle inspection when around 9:00 A.M. when they detected something that caused response actions.

A spokesperson for Big Foot Moving, which owns the truck, told NBC Boston that they are cooperating with authorities, but they do not believe that there is any reason for concern. "There was a second check done that also tested positive", Massachusetts State Police Major Francis Leahy said.

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The Hanscom Air Force Base is 848 acres large and headquarters the 66th Air Base Group. The truck has since been cleared, but some items that were removed will be taken to a special facility for testing.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said he has been briefed on the situation, but he is not able to say much because the investigation is still ongoing.

No injuries have been reported. More than 10,000 active duty, Reserve and National Guard personnel; defense contractors and civilians are supported or employed by Hanscom.

Hanscom Field airport, which has a different entrance, remains open. There are also 731 privatized homes on the base.

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