Suspected bomb is jar wrapped in fabric, twine

March 27, 1996

A suspicious package blown up outside the state police barracks in Westminster by fire marshals yesterday was not dangerous, a spokesman for the state fire marshal's office said.

W. Feron Taylor, a deputy fire marshal, said the package contained a glass jar wrapped in fabric and bailing twine. Bomb squad experts found no evidence of any explosive materials or chemicals.

State police called for assistance from the fire marshal's office after a 91-year-old New Windsor man brought the package to the barracks at noon yesterday.

The man said he found the package in his mailbox over the weekend and thought he'd better bring it in, 1st Sgt. Charles Mays, a state police spokesman, said yesterday.

"The man met a trooper who was leaving the barracks, and the trooper asked him to place the package on the grass out front of the barracks," Sergeant Mays said.

Troopers and civilian employees evacuated the barracks, and traffic was stopped on Route 140 between 1: 40 p.m. and 1: 56 p.m.

Pub Date: 3/27/96

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