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Bomb squad clears suspicious vehicle in Canton

Posted by Dave Eisenstadter  April 16, 2013 11:53 AM

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State Police Bomb Squad officials have determined that a suspicious vehicle containing propane, wire, and hose did not have criminal intent, according to a statement from the Canton police.

The vehicle was reported to Canton police at about 7:30 this morning by an employee at the Bay State School of Appliance, who saw the items in the vehicle.

Coupled with the tragic events of Monday at the Boston Marathon, Canton police said the Bomb Squad response was prudent.

"Based on the location of the vehicle in what could be described as a 'bunkered' parking lot and the environmental and physical features that played into our favor, no evacuation of area residents was conducted," the statement said.

Police officers and firefighters went door to door to request that residents remain sheltered in place. The school was not open at the time the incident occurred.

Route 138 was closed at Randolph and Turnpike streets and traffic was diverted onto a side street back out onto Randolph. Traffic buildup was minimal, according to the statement.

The State Police Bomb Squad arrived on scene and examined the vehicle. They deemed they could enter and remove items to ensure there were no bombs or other incendiary devices within.

The scene was cleared by about 10:30 a.m. and the roadway was opened back up, according to the statement.

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