BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) - A 22News follow up: a security scare at the Quabbin Reservoir has frequent visitors concerned.
Massachusetts State Police notified 22News that they cited five men and two women for trespassing in a restricted area after midnight Tuesday morning. The seven are from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Singapore, and listed addresses in Amherst, Northampton, Sunderland, and New York City.
Three said they're chemical engineers and wanted to see the Quabbin for educational purposes. They'll be summoned to appear in court on a trespass charge.
Since 9/11, cars are restricted on the roads through the Quabbin. Frequent visitors George and Elizabeth Banas of Belchertown told 22News they're concerned there may be even tighter security at the Quabbin.
George told 22News, "You could drive everywhere on your bike or walk, that's it. They blocked everything off, you know."
"When you get a report like that, kind of alludes to something may have happened, is a potential target for terrorists, then you stop and think about it," said Elizabeth Banas.
And when George Fuller of Ware first heard the 22News report about the seven alleged trespassers, something ominous went through his mind.
"The fact that they wanted redemption for Boston, I thought someone wanted to get back at us for what happened in Boston, what we did to the two that we caught," said Fuller. "It's the first thing I thought of."
The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority notified 22News they monitor water supply samples daily and found no evidence of any water quality issues in the Quabbin as of Wednesday.