Norwell: State Police Bomb Squad responds to reports of a post office package ‘smoking’

Around 9AM Friday, Norwell officials as well as the State Police Bomb Squad were informed about a possible explosion at the post office on Dover Street.

According to Norwell Fire Chief Andy Reardon, postal workers said a package was smoking, “No one was injured. The post office followed the proper procedure by evacuating.”

After evacutating, a State Police officer in full bomb squad gear carefully approached an orange container outside of the building several times. The officer was handling the ‘suspicious’ package inside the container to find out its contents and how to proceed.

By 11:45Am, the scene was cleared and the Norwell post office was back open.

The investigation has been handed over to the United States Postal Inspection Service. According to a U.S Postal Service Public Information Officer, the contents of the package have been identified as smoke bombs which they believe is against regulation to send as regular mail.

At this time it is unknown if the person who the package was shipped by or the person that it was addressed to will be charged.

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About Trisha McNeilly

With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.