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Explosive device found wired throughout Milton home

Object had been wired to lights

An investigator and a K-9 unit dog were outside a home on Tuesday on Craig Street in Milton where an explosive device had been found and disarmed by police.
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An investigator and a K-9 unit dog were outside a home on Tuesday on Craig Street in Milton where an explosive device had been found and disarmed by police.

MILTON — The Boston police bomb squad removed and disarmed an explosive device found in a home in Milton on Tuesday, authorities said.

Milton police called the Boston department for assistance at about 3:45 p.m. after the device was discovered in the house on Craig Street, according to David Estrada, a spokesman for Boston police.

When officers arrived, an electrician and the homeowner’s attorney were at the house, said Milton Police Chief Richard Wells. The electrician was there, following a failed home inspection the week before, when he discovered what he told police was “an IED” — improvised explosive device — in the form of a plastic jug full of accelerant and wired to explode when a light switch was flipped, Wells said.

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“We knew just by looking at it that this was something else,” Wells said Tuesday night.

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Officials removed several brown paper bags from the house at 4 Craig St. throughout the afternoon and evening. The device, which was wired throughout the house, was removed and disarmed by the bomb unit, Wells said.

Lindel Williams, who owns the property, left the house just after 8 p.m.

He said the most recent residents of the home — a husband, wife, and daughter — had moved out last weekend, after living there since June.

The explosive was placed in a closet off the side of the bedroom, plastered behind a wall.

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Someone had also poured concrete into the plumbing, Williams said.

He said he was very afraid when he saw the rigged system. “I just can’t believe someone would really do this,” he said.

Wells said investigators are looking at several people of interest, focusing on those who have had access to the house.

Veronica Guerrero-Macia, 51, said she lives two doors down from the property.

Craig Street was blocked off with police cars and yellow tape while officers went door-to-door on Tuesday afternoon, telling residents that there seemed to be “a suspicious package near the ceiling on the first floor” of the residence, but that they would not be evacuating the area, Guerrero-Macia said.

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Rose Martin, 32, said the property was commonly rented out. Martin and her family have lived across the street from the house for 13 years. She said they did not know the recent renters, but regularly saw two cars in the driveway.

“It’s insane,” she said. “It’s exciting but insane. Scary.”

The house had historically been “a target house,” Martin said, and it was vandalized with red paint in between renters.

K-9 units continued searching the house into the evening, and a single police vehicle remained out front while investigators worked in the dwelling.

Donna Elliot, 32, said she had arrived at her home on Craig Street at about 5:30 p.m.

“I saw police, and dogs going in and out of the house,” she said.

By just past 6 p.m., the street was reopened, and cars drove by slowly as passengers peered at the white house. The door stood agape, red splotches marked the roof, and officials moved in and out.

After the device was removed, neighborhood children wandered around, speaking with an officer out front and chattering among themselves.

Pam Cherry, 41, has lived on Craig Street for 11 years. She returned home and her husband told her that there had been a suspicious package found in a home on the corner.

“The people that lived there weren’t neighbors that anyone knew,” Cherry said. “I never saw them.” She said she had never experienced such an event in her area, “but I suppose it could happen in any neighborhood.”

M.G. Lee can be reached at matt.lee@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @m_g_lee. Jennifer Smith can be reached at jennifer.smith@globe.com. Globe correspondent Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta contributed to this report.