Massachusetts

Bomb Squad Detonates Suspicious Device Near Reading Home

Police in Reading, Massachusetts, are investigating after authorities say a resident found what was thought to be a pipe bomb in the yard of their home.

Officers responded to the home on Rachel Road, off of Summer Avenue, at 6:15 p.m. where police said a suspicious device was discovered in the side yard. The area was then cordoned off.

Neighbors said they received reverse 911 calls, telling them to evacuate as a precaution.

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The Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad was called to the scene with a robot to assist. At about 9:30 p.m., the bomb squad performed a controlled detonation and deemed the suspicious device safe.

No injuries were reported.

Police said the Bomb Squad removed the device and took it to be tested to determine whether it contained any explosive materials.

Area residents were then told they could return to their homes.

Police said they did not believe there was any danger to the community at this time.

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