State police conduct controlled explosive detonation in Montague


Staff Writer
Published: 5/18/2019 5:38:44 PM

MONTAGUE — If residents heard explosions in Montague Center Friday evening, it was likely Massachusetts State Police carrying out a series of controlled detonations. 

According to a statement from Montague Police Chief Christopher P. Williams, the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad performed the controlled detonations at approximately 7:45 p.m.

“The explosives consisted of several ‘railroad torpedoes,’ which had been located during the clean-out of an old barn. Upon the items being located, the Montague Police Department was immediately contacted, and the area was safely secured,” Williams said.

Williams added that there is no indication the materials found were intended for “any nefarious purpose” or were intended as a threat to the public, and that the materials were “several decades old and had been long forgotten.”

The Montague Police Department and Montague Center Fire Department assisted state police with the safe removal and detonation of the materials, Williams said. 

“While the detonation did produce a loud explosion and a tremor in the localized area, it was performed in the safest manner possible, and posed no danger to the public,” Williams said.

Route 63 was closed briefly during the detonation, and all of the explosives were confirmed destroyed, Williams said.

According to Montague Police Lt. Christopher Bonnett, the local Police Department has received several questions from residents about the explosions. 

Reach David McLellan at or 413-772-0261, ext. 268. 

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