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State bomb squad defuses old firework found at Look Park

The State Police Bomb Squad was called in to take the item, described in a police report as about the size of a softball, to Willard’s gravel pit, a quarry on Ryan Road, where the firework was detonated.

According to police, a groundskeeper found the explosive shortly before 2 p.m. and brought it to park officials near the entrance of the park. Police dispatched to the scene than called for the bomb squad; they also requested visitors near the park entrance to leave and closed the park to additional visitors until the firework was taken away.

The explosive was transported in a sand-filled DPW truck to the Ryan Road gravel pit. Bomb squad officials said the firework was likely part of a “bad batch” of fireworks that were launched but never exploded last summer.

— STEVE PFARRER

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