Warren bomb scare deemed a dud

By Beth A. Birmingham | Jul 21, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison and Detective Dwight Burtis reveal what was actually in a mailbox in Warren that caused a three-hour investigation July 21. The small American flag was rolled up in an empty paper towel tube and put in the mailbox at 267 Main St.

Warren — A suspected bomb, which closed a portion of Main Street and called for the evacuation of area residents, was deemed a dud July 21 by the Maine State Police bomb squad.

At about 8:30 a.m., a homeowner contacted police after a tube-like device with what appeared to be a fuse was found inside a mailbox at 267 Main St., according to Knox County Sheriff's Office Detective Reggie Walker.

As a precaution a portion of Main Street between Four Rod Road and Georges River Terrace was closed for more than three hours while police waited for the bomb squad to arrive.

After further investigation, it was found the device was a small American flag wrapped up in a paper towel tube, according to Knox County Sheriff's Office Detective Dwight Burtis.

Burtis said he does not believe it was a malicious attempt. Two children, ages 7 and 8, were involved. No charges will be filed.

"We're a little hypersensitive nowadays," said Burtis, adding "We decided to err on the side of safety."

Burtis said he does not know the total monetary amount of the three-hour response, but said "It's not as high as it would have been if it were a real bomb."

In addition to the Knox County Sheriff's Office and Maine State Police, the state Fire Marshal's Office, and Warren Fire Department also responded to the scene.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 or by email at bbirmingham@villagesoup.com.

This tube-like device with a suspected fuse was found in a Main Street mailbox in Warren Village July 21. (Courtesy of: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
The Maine State Police bomb squad team arrived on the scene at about 11 a.m. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Investigator Mary MacMaster, Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison and Detective Dwight Burgis examine a photo of the suspected bomb that was discovered in a mailbox at 267 Main St. in Warren July 21. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
A portion of Warren's Main Street was closed after a resident found a tube-like device with an apparent fuse in their mailbox July 21. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Investigator Mary MacMaster of the Maine State Fire Marshal's Office explains to Michael DesRosiers, U.S. Postal Inspector, the situation of a possible bomb in the mailbox in the background. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Yellow police tape marks the portion of Main Street in Warren that was closed off July 21 due to a suspected bomb in this mailbox. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Russell Garfield York | Jul 21, 2014 18:14

very good job to all the people involed with this so called bomb

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Beth Birmingham
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.

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