Suspicious packages detonated in Marlborough
A bomb scare shut down Hemenway Street Extension for several hours Friday afternoon as a a homeowner found four suspicious-looking devices while making renovations to his house.
Police Detective Sgt. Stephen McCurley said there were four "suspicious devices" that the homeowner, who the city’s Assessor’s Web page identifies as Kashper Konstantin, thought resembled pipe bombs. The concerned resident had discovered the devices after tearing down walls to remodel the house, said McCurley.
He contacted the fire department late Friday morning, who in turn called in the State Police Bomb Squad.
"They did not want to take any chances," said McCurley.
The state bomb squad detonated at least two of the suspicious devices Friday afternoon. Each of the detonations was preceded by yells of "Fire in the hole!" before a single bang pierced the wooded area near the Sudbury and Hudson town lines.
Police closed the road to through traffic for several hours. Yellow caution tape crossed the road from about 11 a.m. until at least 4 p.m.
During that time, state troopers unpacked a treaded robot from the bed of one of the navy blue capped pickups and brought the device down the driveway to the house.
One trooper was outfitted with a green bomb blast suit and walked toward the white, two-story Colonial style house, which is set back from the road.
Another trooper lead a bomb-sniffing black labrador around the scene.
At one point police entered the house through a basement door located near the building’s two-door garage.
Emergency vehicles crowded the street throughout the day as numerous city police cruisers, along with a fire engine, ambulance and the seven bomb squad pickups parked in the road near the home.
As of late Friday afternoon, the road had not been evacuated and the devices had yet to be identified.
Dan McDonald can be reached at 508 490 7475 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.