Homes evacuated after military ordnance found in house

Homes in Essex, Massachusetts, evacuated after military ordnance found in house

Six homes in Essex, Massachusetts, were evacuated Monday after a cleaning crew found ordnance in a recently sold home, police Chief Paul Francis said.Essex police and fire responded to Wood Drive at 10:33 a.m. after the cleaning crew reported that they found the suspicious item that was determined to be some sort of military ordnance. The house has recently sold and was undergoing cleanout operations.The state police bomb squad responded, and six nearby homes were evacuated, and parts of Chebacco Lake have been cordoned off. Troopers with the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad determined the shell was an inert training round. The round was seized and will be handed over to a U.S. Navy explosive ordnance unit for disposal, police said. A search of the remaining rooms, garage, and shed revealed no additional suspicious or hazardous items. Essex police said anyone who finds any hazardous, dangerous or potentially explosive items should call 911, and not move, touch or attempt to transport the items. “The cleaning crew in this instance did everything right, leaving the dangerous item alone and contacting properly trained authorities to render the situation safe,” police said.

Six homes in Essex, Massachusetts, were evacuated Monday after a cleaning crew found ordnance in a recently sold home, police Chief Paul Francis said.

Essex police and fire responded to Wood Drive at 10:33 a.m. after the cleaning crew reported that they found the suspicious item that was determined to be some sort of military ordnance. The house has recently sold and was undergoing cleanout operations.

The state police bomb squad responded, and six nearby homes were evacuated, and parts of Chebacco Lake have been cordoned off.

Troopers with the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad determined the shell was an inert training round. The round was seized and will be handed over to a U.S. Navy explosive ordnance unit for disposal, police said.

A search of the remaining rooms, garage, and shed revealed no additional suspicious or hazardous items.

Essex police said anyone who finds any hazardous, dangerous or potentially explosive items should call 911, and not move, touch or attempt to transport the items.

“The cleaning crew in this instance did everything right, leaving the dangerous item alone and contacting properly trained authorities to render the situation safe,” police said.

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