Quincy: Police search for pair who blew up homemade bomb on doorstep

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Quincy police are investigating a homemade explosive device that was detonated on a resident’s doorstep Wednesday night.

Police Lt. Jack Sullivan said the victim, a 60-year-old man, was in his home at 294 Water Street when the doorbell rang at around 9:15 p.m. The man looked out through a window onto his front porch.

“He could see two figures–he couldn’t tell if they were male, female, any race or gender–at that time he was about to open the door, they ran, and he heard this explosion,” said Sullivan.

The man went outside and found the remnants of a homemade explosive device, which Lt. Sullivan says, presented a real danger.

“We’re not sure, but it’s possible, that the intent was that the explosion would happen as the homeowner was opening the door, and therefore there was potential for some serious injuries,” said Sullivan.

Lt. Sullivan says they believe the victim was chosen randomly, but think this may not be an isolated event; earlier in the day, around 4 p.m., they received a report of kids setting off fireworks nearby middle school.

“But other neighbors describe it as more than just fireworks–that it was quite loud. So, we’re going to go look at that scene and see if there’s any similar type of evidence at the school, like what was found at the home, to see if those two incidents are linked together,” said Sullivan.

Anyone with information is asked to call Quincy Police.

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