Grenade threat stopped traffic in Bangor

7:13 PM, Apr 23, 2013   |    comments
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  • Bangor Police respond to reports of a grenade found near where Davis Street meets Main Street.
  • The grenade is stored in a containment vessel until it can be properly disposed of.

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Police in Bangor had to shut down an intersection over the threat of a hand grenade Tuesday afternoon.

A Bangor Public Works crew stumbled on the explosive while working in the area. Police shut down the Davis Street area for about an hour while the bomb squad arrived and prepared the bomb robot.

The bot placed the grenade securely in a containment vessel that is made to contain a potential blast. What could have shut down the area for hours was safely secure in a fraction of the time using the robot.

Sergeant Jim Buckley said every incident is treated as a live device and it's the robot that protects the public and officers.

Sgt. Buckley said, "It's invaluable. If it does, in fact, turn out to be a live device its age and condition are unknown. If it were to go off when we picked it up it would kill you. That's why we have to move all the people back from this area, to stay out of the fragmentation zone. If it goes off when the robot picks it up, we send the robot back to the manufacturer and they fix it and we get it back."

Later in the day Sgt. Jim Buckley said that the grenade was a training device and was fully functional. It contained an active blasting cap, but said it appeared to have been void of any other explosive powders.


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