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FBI, ATF join bomb probe in Barnstead

BARNSTEAD — Three detonated homemade bombs are getting attention from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

“We have been contacted by the two agencies and we will be keeping them informed of our progress with the investigation,” Police Sgt. Joe McDowell said Wednesday.

“They aren’t quite as sophisticated as the Boston (Marathon) bombs,” he said. “But they were clearly designed to use shrapnel to inflict a lot of harm on people. In what they could do to people, they are very ugly devices.”

All were in the Locke Lake area of town, McDowell said.

The first was found at 7:16 a.m. Tuesday on Halfmoon Bay Road, McDowell said. A passerby reported the discovery to police. The second was found nearby at Dalton Road later in the day.

A third was found on Monday near Colony Beach.

Each bomb was on the ground in many pieces, and they differed in construction, McDowell said of the devices.

The state police Explosive Disposal Unit was called.

“We responded and aided the local police, as we do in these kinds of incidents when they happen around the state,” Trooper Matt Partington said.

The remains of the bombs are being examined further, McDowell said.

McDowell and Partington said the bombs could have easily been created given the instructions available on the Internet.

“There are YouTube videos that show how to make them,” McDowell said.

Police said residents should not be worried about the bombs, but they are asking people “to be aware, and report anything unusual to the police.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 269-4281.


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