Post date: Apr 18, 2016 1:24:19 PM

Statement from Special Agent in Charge Harold H. Shaw Regarding Suspicious Devices Found in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts

At approximately 3:00 p.m. on March 30, 2016, the Tyngsboro Fire Department responded to a brush fire in the vicinity of 60 Locust Avenue in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts.

Crews that responded to the scene noticed items that didn’t appear to be part of the transmission system and alerted National Grid. National Grid assessed the situation and alerted law enforcement.

Massachusetts State Police and FBI special agent bomb technicians responded and identified multiple incendiary devices similar in structure to pipe bombs in the area. Early this morning, the devices were determined to be non-explosive and have been rendered safe.

Our law enforcement partners, as well as utility companies across the country, have been notified. We continue to share information regarding the incident.

The Tyngsboro Police and Fire Departments, along with the Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, and ATF, are assisting the FBI, which is now leading the investigation. At this point in time, there is no evidence which ties this incident to terrorism.

No further information will be provided at this time.

To all NEAT Apprentices:


We were informed that there was a bomb threat on National Grid property out of Tyngsborough, MA. Early yesterday morning upon crew arrival, crew noticed 3 can like objects that were hanging on the 326 345kv energized line. Crew immediately reported to National Grid as a threat. Upon further investigation National Grid de-energized the line to remove the 3 can like objects, and brought in MA bomb squad for the removal of the cans. Upon further investigation by the MA bomb squad they located 3 pipe bombs that were attached to the 326 345kv line. Grid was able to de-energize line, bring in MA bomb squad for a safe removal and further investigate the 3 can like objects that were hanging from the line anchored to the ground, then re-energize the line. We wanted to send out an email to make everyone aware of this incident and for crews to take extra precaution and inspect all lines before getting to work. If anything seems out of the ordinary please DO NOT go to work and report immediately