State bomb squad defuses old firework found at Look Park
FLORENCE — Look Park was closed for approximately an hour on Saturday afternoon after a groundskeeper found what was likely an unexploded firework from last summer’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration, police said.
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