The Lowell Police Department is investigating 2 separate incidents of explosives being ignited in the city. The most recent incident happened over this past weekend. On August 12, 2012 at approximately 7; 10 p.m. Officers were on patrol in the area ofWannalancit Street. At which time they heard a loud explosion. They were unable to locate the exact location as the noise echoed throughout the neighborhood. As they drove ontoW.Bowers Streetthey could see a large plume of smoke bellowing into the air from the rear of theBartlettSchool. Officers drove to the field in the rear of the school. Officers then located remnants of what appeared to be a homemade pipe bomb. The Lowell Fire Department and detectives from the Lowell Police Criminal Bureau were requested to respond. Upon searching the area, remnants of the pipe bomb were found 200-220 feet from the ignition point.
On August 10, 2012 Officers were on patrol in the area ofGorham Street. At approximately 10: 07 p.m. an officer heard a loud explosion come from the area of the South Common. As the officer drove to the location he observed smoke bellowing from the center of the common. Lowell Fire and Lowell Police detectives were requested to respond. In both incidents a thorough search was conducted to ensure that there were no other explosive devices in the area. Evidence has been collected in both of these incidents.
The Lowell Police Department is actively investigating both of these incidents and is requesting the public’s help. If you witness such an incident please contact us immediately at (978) 937-3200. If anyone has any information on past incidents please contact LPD Crime Stoppers at (978) 459-TIPS (8477) or text a tip to 847411. (Tip must start with LPDtip) You will remain anonymous and if your information is deemed credible and reliable it could result in a cash reward.
Under Massachusetts Law (GL:266;102A) possession of a infernal machine is a Felony and is punishable by up to 10 years in State Prison and not less than 2 ½ years in the House of Correction.