Bomb squad defuses explosive device; Westerly man charged over two incidents
WESTERLY, R.I. (WLNE)– Members of the Rhode Island Bomb Squad, along with the Rhode Island State Fire Marshal, were called to diffuse what police are calling a pipe bomb on Wednesday, the Westerly Police Department said in a statement today.
A Westerly man is now facing two charges for placing a bomb, from yesterday’s incident and a prior incident that police say occurred on Westminster St. on April 27.
Westerly police responded to a call of a suspicious device at Turtleback Road and Shore Road around 2:30 p.m., and determined the device resembled a pipe bomb, according to the statement.
The state’s bomb squad and fire marshal were called in for further investigation, and established a safe zone around the device, with the assistance of the Watch Hill Fire Department.
The device was rendered inert and determined to be a homemade explosive device.
A further investigation by Westerly police and state investigators led to the arrest of Mark Britton, 58, of 8 Shore Rd., Westerly.
Britton was seen in Fourth District Court in Wakefield today, where he was arraigned on two felony explosives charges.
Britton also faces charges for cyberstalking and harassment, and violating a no-contact order. He was held without bail as a bail offender.
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