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Bomb found close to OSV

A rudimentary explosive device was found Saturday morning off of the Old Sturbridge Village Access Road. Ryan Grannan-Doll. (click for larger version)
September 27, 2010
STURBRIDGE — Authorities are investigating an explosive device discovered near Old Sturbridge Village early Saturday morning.

The State Police Bomb Squad and the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms blocked off a publicly accessible area near the OSV Access Road around 9 a.m. after Sturbridge police received a report of a suspicious device, according to a press release from Sturbridge police. Pedestrians walking through the area reported the object.

"The device was found to be a black cylindrical device and was located in an area frequented by walkers," Sturbridge police said in a statement. "A preliminary analysis revealed it to be a rudimentary type explosive device."

The bomb squad rendered the explosive inert and will perform a more detailed analysis of it at the lab, according to the press release. The Sturbridge Fire Department also responded.

Old Sturbridge Village Spokesman Ann Lindblad said the device was found on the south side of the access road on property owned by the town, and not OSV. The museum, she said, was notified of the incident.

"The device was found about 10 feet from the town's white gate," she said.

State Police spokesman Sgt. Matthew Murray confirmed the bomb squad's actions and referred further inquires to the state fire marshal's office, which could not be reached for comment Sunday afternoon.

Sturbridge police are asking that anybody with information contact them at (508) 347-2525.

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