Man arrested after several incendiary devices found at Holyoke home


HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The public was asked to avoid the Pleasant Street area of Holyoke after several incendiary devices were found at a home Tuesday morning. 

The Holyoke Police Department confirmed with 22News that one man was taken into custody on possession of an incendiary device charge after the devices, described as potentially explosive, were discovered at 91 Pleasant Street.  

According to Holyoke Fire Captain Kevin Cavagnac, a father and a neighbor found the devices, prompting an evacuation of the area. 

The investigation at the Pleasant Street home, which continued throughout the day into the evening, involved the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad, the FBI, ATF, and the Fire Marshal’s Office. 

People who live along the street told 22News they were scared for their safety and they’ve never seen anything like this in their quiet neighborhood. Residents were allowed back in their homes shortly after 8 p.m.

Holyoke resident Steve O’Brien told 22News, “This is a really quiet neighborhood, it’s a great walking neighborhood. Great, as my daughter would say, Mr. Chatty Chat, you can’t walk 100 yards before you meet a neighbor and have to stop and talk.”

Pleasant Street between Amherst and Princeton streets were still closed to traffic late Tuesday night.

Police say the road closures may continue for some time.

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