Officials detonate ‘suspicious device’ found in Reading backyard

READING, MA (WHDH) - Police detonated what they called a “suspicious device” that a resident found in their backyard Wednesday in Reading.

Police arrived on Rachel Road at 6:15 p.m., where they said a resident found a “suspicious device” in a house’s backyard. Around 20 homes in the cul-de-sac were evacuated as a precaution. Police said they were concerned the device could have been a pipe bomb. The device, which had wires coming out of both ends, was determined to not be a pipe bomb.

A robot was sent into the backyard to investigate the device. State Police, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were also on scene.

It is unknown how the device ended up in the backyard.

Police said there is no danger to the public and residents have been allowed to return to their homes.

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