Moving Truck Checked for Explosives, Raises Questions

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Some fancy equipment and a bomb-sniffing dog detected the presence of “potentially explosive material” in or on a Big Foot Moving & Storage truck when a crew arrived to deliver the belongings of a service member who was recently assigned to Hanscom. A security perimeter was established, roads were closed, buildings were evacuated, and the FBI and ATF were alerted.

“Given the times we live in, we operate in an abundance of caution,” said Boston State Police Major Fran Leahy after a moving truck was stopped at the gates of Hanscom Air Force Base just northwest of Boston.

Reportedly no explosives were found and the truck was allowed to enter the base to deliver their load. However, a number of pallets were removed for more testing. Major Leahy states that Big Foot, an approved contractor for the federal government, is cooperating fully and “no one is suspected of a crime.”

Big Foot’s statement on the matter can be found here.

The obvious and as yet unanswered question is: What was the “potentially explosive material”?

Lab testing may provide the answer, which may not be quite as intriguing as the plot of a terror and espionage thriller. It could be the residue of a flammable liquid that leaked out of a weed whacker or a barbecue grill. It could be paint thinner. It could be lawn fertilizer. It could be something that definitely should not go on a moving truck – or in a warehouse – but could (and may prove to be) something found in most garages across the country.

“This was the right response for the situation,” we are told.

Right, for the times we live in.

The Stuff That’s Illegal To Bring Into California

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Question: What do pecan shells, ferrets and flamethrowers have in common?

Answer: They are all things you can’t bring into the state of California.

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Real Local Crime Blotters: Movers Edition

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Lexington, Massachusetts

Saturday, Feb. 25

3:55 p.m.: A caller from Burlington Street reported a suspicious black van parked in their driveway. When Lexington Police arrived, it was found that the van belonged to the moving company which helped the caller move into their home.

Meanwhile, the movers were on the phone with police to report a suspicious individual lurking in the house they were moving furniture into…

 

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Brockton, Massachusetts

Sunday, February 26th

Officer Amanda O’Shea took a report in the lobby of the Scituate police station from a Scituate fisherman who had just come in from pulling his traps and had a box of lobsters intended for sale at the town pier. The fisherman said he had put the box of lobsters in the rear refrigeration unit of a Mullaney’s truck that was at the town pier.

As he pulled away to moor his boat he saw a moving truck pull up beside the Mullaney’s truck. Footage from Area surveillance cameras showed two occupants of the moving truck getting out and approaching the Mullaney’s truck. One of the men was then seen going to the rear of the moving truck before both occupants got back into their truck and drove away. Goodbye lobsters.

Upshot: Both men ended up turning themselves in, were released on $500 bail and are due back in court in April.

Rumor has it they don’t even like lobster.

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Des Moines, Washington

One Sunny Sunday, 2016

An employee at a Des Moines storage and moving facility alerted authorities after discovering more than two tons of illegal fireworks in a shipping container earlier this week.

Federal, state and local and local agencies searched the scene and uncovered 131 boxes of consumer fireworks – including artillery shells, cakes fountains and aerials.

These type of fireworks are illegal and require a fireworks import license, the State Fire Marshal’s Office said.

The containers were being moved from Olympia to Honolulu.

131 boxes. More than two tons. That’s more than 30 pounds of stuff that can explode per box. Talk about heavy artillery.

Wanted: Bad “Mover” in North Dakota

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Fake movers do a lot of stuff: Steal people’s belongings, take down payments and then fail to show up, post bogus ads on craigslist. We hear about this stuff all too often. And too often nothing is done.

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Piecing Together Your Alarm System Is Cheaper (and Better) Than Buying a Security System

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Installing high-quality home security is an important part of being a responsible and safe homeowner. If you’ve done any research in this area, you may have realized that most pre-made security bundles are expensive and clunky—and when you unpack them, confusing.

That latter reason is the most significant reason to just avoid these systems altogether.

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Report: Three Movers Save Woman From Armed Ex-Boyfriend

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[Synopsis: The story of how three movers in an alley in Chicago became heroes of circumstance.]

Ever been called a hero? On the job, that is? You know, customers singing our praises for getting that armoire down the stairs with nary a single scratch in the wood or nick in the wall? Or maybe for hauling a basement full of boxes and clutter out the door in less time than estimated? For just doing our jobs?

Just doing our job.

And that’s what Josh Lara, Cody Grandt and Mike Zaininger of Chicago’s Wisdom Moving Company were doing this past October when a woman came running up to them, begging for a cell phone as if her life depended on it. As it turned out, it did. A nearby perpetrator, reported to be her ex-boyfriend, was threatening her life with a firearm inside of her nearby office. After quickly assessing the situation, the movers hid her inside their moving truck after she approached them looking for help, then they called the authorities.

The Chicago police would later credit these movers for saving that woman’s life.

Check out the story by WGNTV.

 

“I think there’s a hero in all of us,” Josh Lara says. “It just takes a certain situation.”

Yep. You done good, boys.

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