Teen faces charges after blast in Norwell

A 15-year-old male from Norwell has been charged with possessing a dozen homemade explosive devices after police responded to a report of an explosion in a residential neighborhood Saturday and found numerous devices in the shed in the backyard of the youth’s home, authorities said.

The teenager has been charged with 12 counts of unlawful possession of an explosive device, possessing components to create an explosive device, and detonating an explosive device, Norwell police said Monday.

Police and firefighters responded to a call at 2:45 p.m. Saturday reporting a loud explosion in the Grove Street area. They found that a homemade explosive device had detonated in the backyard of the home. After further investigation, officials found another 11 devices in the shed, said Jennifer Mieth, a spokeswoman for the state fire marshal.


A resident, who wanted to remain anonymous, said the explosion rattled his house. “We heard a boom,” said the neighbor. “Then when we looked out the window, we saw smoke coming from the backyard.”

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The neighbor said his wife heard an explosion the previous Tuesday, but it was not as loud. The teenager’s family is quiet, said the neighbor. “They keep to themselves,” he said.

The State Police bomb squad was called to identify and dismantle the explosives. One of the devices was moved to another location for a controlled detonation, Norwell police said. No injuries were reported.

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