Officials Issue Public Warning After Several Homemade Explosive Devices Found in Worcester

July 2, 2024

For Immediate Release

Contact: Lindsay Corcoran 508-368-7252 or 774-670-8811

WORCESTER – The public is encouraged to be on the lookout and alert authorities if they see unattended coolers or other suspicious items after three homemade explosive devices were recently found in the City of Worcester.

An investigation into the explosive devices is ongoing by the Massachusetts State Police Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit, the Worcester Police Department, the Worcester Fire Department, and the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office.

On June 19, a small explosion occurred in the area of 185 Madison St. Investigators located fireworks, a butane gas can, and projectile materials on scene.

Two other non-detonated devices, constructed with similar materials and placed inside coolers, were also found in the City of Worcester last month.

As authorities continue to investigate, they encourage the public to be mindful of unattended items, particularly coolers. Do not attempt to tamper with these items. Instead, call the authorities immediately.

Members of the public who see suspicious items are asked to call 911.

“Massachusetts residents have caused themselves grievous injuries while attempting to create homemade explosive devices,” said State Fire Marshal Jon M. Davine. “These devices are illegal and potentially fatal.”

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