No threat after device found on Turnpike road in Turners Falls

Franklin County

MONTAGUE, Mass (WWLP) – A device was found on Turnpike Road in Turners Falls Thursday morning causing the road to be closed and the area evacuated.

According to Turners Falls Fire Department Chief John Zellmann, the bomb squad examined the device and determined it wasn’t a threat.

Zellmann said the device was found after a building inspector was inspecting a building that a woman died in a while ago.

Turner’s Falls town building inspector, Christopher Rice told 22News that the building¬†had been vacant for three to four weeks after the person living there committed suicide.

Rice said the occupant had a hoarding problem so they were going through the building to shut off the water and make sure it was safe to be in. No one had claimed ownership of the house after the homeowner died.

The device was found in the office. Rice believes it was a few years old due to it having cobwebs and a lot of dust on it. The house had been deemed structurally safe.

The road is reopened and the Fire Department said there is no further investigation.

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