‘Critical incident’ draws massive response to home in Alton, New Hampshire

ALTON, N.H. (WHDH) - A “critical incident” in a small town in New Hampshire has residents concerned and both state and local officials tight-lipped about the nature of the incident.

Law enforcement officials responded to the incident at a home in Alton, New Hampshire, on Friday.

An investigation is underway and is said to be in its “early stages,” according to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office.

The scene had local residents concerned.

“What I heard here was sirens just whistling by,” said resident Don Fields. “They don’t use their sirens in this town unless it’s a fire or something like that, and they just kept flooding down the road.”

Those crews were rushing to a farmhouse on Valley Road in Alton.

“I saw all the ambulances and police and thought it was an accident and realized shortly thereafter when police were going by that it was much more serious,” said resident Tracy Long.

Neighbors said police went door to door during the response, telling people to stay inside.

Authorities won’t yet say what they found in and around the home. 7News made several calls to local and state police as well as the attorney general’s office, but officials won’t comment beyond to say there is no threat to the public at this time.

But residents are expressing concern and want answers about what brought so much attention to their tiny community.

“A very sleepy town, just a small community,” Long said. “Your average everyday small community. This isn’t something we expect.”


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