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Hanscom returns to normal operations

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. (July 6, 2017) -- A truck, which had been held for further inspection here following detection of a potentially concerning material, has been cleared and the base has returned to normal operations. The Vandenberg Gate, near Rte. 2A, reopened at approximately 2 p.m. Personnel and others who had been evacuated have returned to their buildings.

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. Those actions included a temporary closure of the base’s Vandenberg (Rte 2A) Gate and evacuation of several nearby base facilities. There were no injuries.

Explosive materials experts have cleared the vehicle, and it has since departed the base. However samples from crates on the truck, which contained potentially concerning residue, have been removed and taken by Massachusetts State Police to a specialized facility for testing.

Any questions about the sampling should be directed to the Mass. State Police.
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