(Update) Marshfield: Police seeking public’s help in pipe bomb case, up to $5,000 reward

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding the person who left a pipe bomb on Ocean Street in the Brant Rock area of Marshfield on Sunday afternoon. Marshfield Police first received a call around 3:00 p.m. regarding a suspicious package on the ground on Ocean Street.  Police arrived to the scene, and the package was eventually x-rayed by bomb robots, and then detonated safely by State Police Sunday evening. Authorities have said the pipe bomb seems to be homemade, and they don’t know whether the pipe bomb inside the package was intended to explode in that area, or if it had somehow fallen off or out of a vehicle.

Marshfield Police Chief Phillip A. Tavares has stated, “If anyone saw the object in the street over the weekend, that information could help us pinpoint when it first appeared, and if anyone has any information about the device itself, please come forward confidentially.”

State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan has stated, “Local fire and police created a secure zone around the object so the Bomb Squad could x-ray the object and perform other diagnostic assessments. The device did detonate as part of the State Police Bomb Squad’s disruption and that is expected when disrupting an actual bomb. There was no danger to the public during this procedure. The danger was that someone handling it prior to the detonation could have been seriously injured.”

If anyone has any information they are asked to call Marshfield Police at 781-834-6655 or the statewide Arson Hotline at 1-800-682-9229. The Arson Hotline is part of the Arson Watch Reward Program that provides rewards of up to $5,000 for information that helps to solve the case and is sponsored by the property and insurance casualty insurance companies of Massachusetts.

Police secure the area around the pipe bomb in Brant Rock on Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Police secure the area around the pipe bomb in Brant Rock on Sunday, April 27th, 2014

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