Hanover’s Factory Pond is closed to the public indefinitely after a fisherman snagged his line on an object last week that turned out to be an explosive device, an official said.
Town Manager Joseph Colangelo said the inactive device was discovered last Thursday. For the town, the device signaled definitive proof that there may be weapons in the pond and surrounding area because of what used to be a Department of Defense facility in the area.
Colangelo said a cleanup of the area has been ongoing for some time now, but the device was the first discovery that triggered concern by emergency officials.
“From that, we had a conference call with [the Department of Environmental Protection] and the state bomb squad, as well as local safety departments,” he said. “We really just thought the prudent thing was to close off the water.”
The town has posted no-trespassing signs and has closed the recreation area “indefinitely” until cleanup can be completed. The neighboring town of Hanson, which shares the pond area, also planned to order a shutdown of the park at a Tuesday night meeting, Colangelo said.
“The cleanup will take as long as cleanup takes — I don’t know if that’s a year, or multiple years, or even up to a decade,” he said. “I think people in the community and in the neighborhood at least appreciate that the cleanup is happening and one day, it will be a beautiful and peaceful area.”Laney Ruckstuhl can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @laneyruckstuhl.