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Explosion reported at Quincy home

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  August 12, 2011 01:04 PM

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Police are searching for suspects in an explosion that took place on a Quincy resident’s front porch Wednesday night.

According to police, an officer on patrol at an intersection was approached at 9:19 p.m. by an individual, who asked if the officer would follow him to an address on Water Street.

The officer obliged and followed the man to the residence, where he spoke with the victim through the translator.

According to the victim, a 60-year old Asian male who had not called 911 because of the language barrier, two individuals whom the victim could not identify rang his doorbell. When the victim got up to answer the door, he heard a loud explosion and noticed a sort of chemical smell immediately afterward.

The two people quickly ran away.

The officer noted that the porch was charred and part of the door had been damaged. It appeared as though the explosion weren’t massive, but definitely bigger than a firecracker, police said.

There were also some remnants of a plastic 2-liter bottle and aluminum, which appeared to be the explosive device, police said. The evidence was collected and will be sent to state police for analysis.

Police believe the incident might be in connection with one that occurred earlier in the day. According to police, a woman had seen some teenagers at Sterling Middle School shortly after 4 p.m. lighting off fireworks in the basketball court.

The witness did say she thought they were louder than fireworks and mentioned bottles.

At the time, police took it to mean kids were lighting off bottle rockets. When they went to inspect the scene, they couldn’t find the kids and left the area.

After the incident that night, detectives went back to the scene this morning to look for any more evidence at either scene.

Police have no suspects, but will be talking to store owners to see who might have purchased the bottle used in the assault.

Although it might be a long shot, “if it’s kids, it’s usually easy to solve,” said Lieutenant Jack Sullivan with the Quincy Police.

The attack does appear to be random, a concern for police.

“There were no injuries, and no medical services needed [this time], but the potential was there for someone to get hurt,” Sullivan said.

They are asking citizens to remain vigilant about reporting such incidents, especially those involving explosives. If residents see kids playing with plastic bottles, they are also urged to call police for a possible connection.

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