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Reward offered for information on Marshfield pipe bomb

State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan is asking anyone with information regarding a pipe bomb found on a busy street in Marshfield this weekend to come forward, officials said.

The bomb, which was reported to police as a “suspicious object” shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday, led to the evacuation of residents nearby for several hours as the State Police bomb squad investigated it, the state fire marshal’s office said today in a statement.

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“If anyone saw the object in the street over the weekend, that information could help us pinpoint when it first appeared,” said Marshfield Police Chief Phillip Tavares.

Marshfield fire and police officials first created a perimeter around the object, which was discovered on Ocean Street near the Brant Rock Esplanade.

“The object was found in the street and may have been there for some time,” the statement said. Or “it may have been transported from somewhere else and may have fallen off a vehicle which is why it was in the street.”

The State Police bomb squad performed X-rays and other diagnostic assesssments prior to detonating the device shortly after 6 p.m.

“There was no danger to the public during this procedure,” said State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan. “The danger was that someone handling it prior to the detonation could have been seriously injured.”

No injuries or property damage were reported, and the neighborhood’s evacuation order was lifted at 7:15 p.m., officials said.

The statewide Arson Hotline is offering up to $5,000 to anyone who comes forward with information that helps solve in the investigation, the statement said.

The incident is being investigated by State Police and local police, the state fire marshal, and the Plymouth County district attorney’s office.

It is not believed to be related to the pipe bomb found in Worcester Friday, Coan said.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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