Marshfield: Bomb squad detonates old military explosive found in closet

An explosive situation in Marshfield was safely diffused Friday afternoon.

Marshfield Fire Chief Kevin Robinson says it all began with some closet cleaning.

“We had someone come into the fire alarm office with an item and said they had discovered it in their closet 15 years ago, and wanted to know if we could take care of it,” said Robinson.

“Once the person had left, the captain investigated the item and determined that it appeared to be some sort of dated military explosive.”

The State Police Bomb squad was brought in and after examining the old explosive, decided to detonated it instead of attempting to transport it. The device was blown up ar the Marshfield Fairgrounds at around 4 p.m.

Robinson said the device’s unknown origin and age made the situation particularly tricky.

“By the statement of the person who dropped it off, they’ve had possession of it for more than 15 years, and they didn’t buy it. So, it’s definitely dated– it’s probably from somewhere between the Korean and Vietnam War era. And that’s why it was so difficult to get any accurate information on it when State Police were trying to determine exactly what it was,” said Robinson.

Robsinson says that any resident who discovers what they believe to be an explosive should not touch the item and instead should call 911 for assistance.

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