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No explosives found after bomb threat prompts Sunday search on West Street in Ware

Officials say no explosives were found after an anonymous bomb threat prompted a day-long search in Ware on Sunday.

Ware Town Manager Stuart Beckley, reached at home Sunday evening, said a man called police at about 6 a.m. and described explosive devices and hazardous materials for “a range of addresses” on West and Armory streets. That “raised enough concern” for Ware police to call in state law enforcement, a state hazardous materials team and fire and police officers from surrounding towns, he said.

Ware police closed a section of West Street between First Avenue and Anderson Road for 10½ hours while a search was conducted by officers and a canine unit. Residents were not evacuated, Beckley said.

Emergency workers from the state Department of Environmental Protection were mobilized but were not deployed in Ware, according to Edmund Coletta, a spokesman for the department.

Beckley said the state police hazardous materials team set up a command center and fire departments from Warren, Hardwick and Three Rivers also responded.

The search was called off around 4:30 p.m. after no explosives or hazardous materials were found, Beckley said. No injuries were reported.

Beckley said Ware High School and Ware Middle School will be open as usual on Monday. Fields around both schools were part of the search.

“I think people were concerned due to seeing a lot of activity going on,” Beckley said. “The area was closely searched and it has been cleared.”

Ware police are investigating the anonymous call.

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