, Gloucester, MA

Latest Cape Ann News

April 2, 2013

Essex Police/Fire: Police clear station over 'explosive device'

Essex Police/Fire

ESSEX — A resident brought what proved to be an explosive device into the police station Saturday around 8:13 a.m. after finding it on a nearby walking path, leading to the station’s evacuation.

Police would not give the identity or address of the man who brought the explosive into the station, but the resident had found it on a path near Martin Street and tried to hand it over to police.

Police Chief Peter Silva said the device was believed to be homemade.

”This was different than anything I have seen,” he said. “It was a legitimate explosive device.”

First, the man tried to deposit the device into the dispatch window to hand over to police.

While unintentional, Silva said this was an error in judgement, as the man seriously endangered the lives of himself and police officers.

An agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a state police officer from the explosive investigation section soon responded to the scene.

The building was evacuated, police officers and firefighters made sure the area was clear and the device was soon brought out into a field in back of the police department and was successfully and safely detonated by a adjoining marsh.

The area was cleared just before 10 a.m.. The Easter egg hunt, set for 10 a.m. on the adjacent field, went off as scheduled and was not affected by the device, Silva said.

Nobody was injured, Silva said the origins of the device are under investigation, it is not believed to be connected to the reported drug lab on Water Street.

Silva said that, if anyone should find an explosive device, firearm or anything of the sort, he or she should contact police first and not handle it themselves. He applauded the police department, fire department and other agencies for handling the device.

A false burglar alarm sounded off on Main Street Friday around 4:30 p.m., police said the building was secure.

Saturday around 1 p.m., a female Story Street resident was transported to Beverly Hospital.

Friday at 7:21 p.m. an Eastern Avenue female was transported to Beverly Hospital.

James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-283-7000, x 3455 or at

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest Cape Ann News

Pictures of the Week
Your news, your way
Comments Tracker
AP Video Network
US Mission to Rescue Hostages in Syria Failed Manfred, Torre and MLB Take Ice Bucket Challenge Bank of America Reaches Record $17B Settlement Holder Reassures Ferguson Community With Visit GlobalPost CEO Remembers Foley As a Brave Man Seth Meyers Rolls Out Emmy Red Carpet Obama: World Is Appalled by Murder of Journalist Israel, Militants Trade Fire After Talks Fail Pres. George W. Bush Takes Ice Bucket Challenge Pierce Brosnan's Call to Join the Expendables Changes Coming to No-Fly List Raw: IDF Footage Said to Show Airstrikes Police: Ferguson More Peaceful Raw: Aftermath of Airstrike in Gaza Raw: Thousands March on Pakistani Parliament Raw: World's Oldest Man Lives in Japan Fire Crews Tame Yosemite Fire Raw: Police Weapon Drawn Near Protesters, Media Raw: Explosions in Gaza As Airstrikes Resume Charter Schools Alter Post-Katrina Landscape