For Immediate Release: 12/24/2017 11:47 am
Worcester, MA (December 24, 2017) - On Saturday, December 23, 2017, at approximately 8:10 PM, Worcester Police responded to a Trahan Avenue address for a report of a bomb threat. Upon the officers arrival they met with a 62-year-old resident. The officers were informed by the resident that he was inside his home when he heard a truck drive by his home and then heard a loud ‘thud.” The resident exited his home to investigate the noise. The resident located a 7” metal pipe with end caps under his vehicle and immediately believed that it was a pipe bomb.
Officers at the scene located the object under the resident’s car. The car was parked backed into in the driveway facing the street. The officers called for Worcester Fire and EMS. Trahan Avenue was closed down for pedestrian and MV traffic. The resident home was evacuated and neighbors were told to remain inside their home until the area was secured.
Members of the MSP Bomb Squad and ATF were called to the scene. Sand bags were delivered to the location and set up near the object. The MSP Bomb Squad deployed a robot that moved the object into the sandbag area. The object was subsequently neutralized with a water canon. The object did resemble a pipe bomb; however it was discovered to be harmless.
MSP removed the object and it will be processed for evidence. Members of the detective bureau arrived and will follow up with the investigation.
There were no injuries reported.
This investigation is ongoing, if anyone has information about this incident they can send an anonymous text to 274637 TIPWPD + your message or send an anonymous web based message at worcesterma.gov/police. Calls can also be made to the Worcester Police Detective Bureau at (508) 799-8651.