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Press Release Explosives Removed from Monterey Home

For immediate release:
10/03/2020
  • Department of Fire Services
  • Berkshire District Attorney's Office

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Jennifer Mieth, Public Information Officer

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MONTEREY —  

The State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal and Monterey Police executed a search warrant on a home on West Road in Monterey on Friday, October 2, 2020. The investigation focuses on illegal manufacturing and sale of homemade M Class explosive devices.

The State Police Bomb Squad and State Police fire investigators secured dozens of completed destructive devices and explosive components. The devices and explosive powders were transported to a secure location and safely countercharged by the State Police Bomb Squad.

A Monterey man will be summonsed to court to face multiple charges on the illegal possession, manufacture and sale of explosive devices.

Investigators do not believe there is a direct threat to the public at large and the State Police investigation remains ongoing.

Multiple agencies assisted in the investigation and execution of the search warrant including: Monterey Police, Fire and Public Works Departments, the State Police Detective Unit, State Police Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit, State Police Crime Scene Services, State Police Joint Terrorism Task Force, State Fire Marshal’s Office, Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Connecticut State Police, HazMat technicians from the Joint Hazard Incident Response Team (JHIRT) and the  Special Operations Unit of the Department of Fire Services (DFS) and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

The investigation began when a concerned citizen reported suspicious activity. Public safety officials appreciate their coming forward. There have been several such incidents in the state this year of people making their own explosives. If anyone is aware of someone making explosives, please contact the local police department or the Arson Hotline at 1-800-8682-9229.

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Berkshire District Attorney's Office 

Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington's Office represents the Commonwealth in more than 7,500 criminal cases per year in Berkshire Superior Court, three district courts, three juvenile courts, Massachusetts Appeals Court, and Supreme Judicial Court. The office works closely with the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force, and collaborates with local police departments across the county. A dedicated staff of more than 50 prioritizes public safety, empowering victims and witnesses through services and support, and building a safe community for everyone and especially the most vulnerable.
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