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Mar 31, 2016 5:23 PM

Investigators checking for incendiary devices on power lines after several found in Mass.


TYNGSBOROUGH, Mass. - Local and state police along with the FBI in Massachusetts are investigating after several suspicious devices were found hanging from power lines.

Now, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan is urging residents to be on the look-out for anything similar.

There are a lot of unanswered questions. Investigators don’t know the intent behind this act, but say there is no evidence linking this to terrorism.

Police say several incendiary devices were found hanging from power lines off of Locust Ave. in Tyngsboro while crews were fighting a brush fire.

Investigators say the devices look similar to pipe bombs, but they don’t explode, rather they ignite and cause extreme heat and fire.
The FBI says one of the devices was manually set off, causing the brush fire.

It’s unclear if someone was trying to start a fire or somehow effect the power in the area. While there’s no known link to terrorism, the FBI says this is very serious.

Gov. Hassan is now working with safety officials and utility companies in New Hampshire to be sure there aren’t any similar devices on power lines there.

“I can’t think of any other reason why someone would want to do that other than a sinister reason,” said FBI Special Agent Peter Kowenhoven.

“What remains really important for the people of New Hampshire to remember is that they are the best detectors of unusual things in the state. If they see something, they need to say something,” Gov. Hassan said.

The Governor says those who live near transmission lines or substations may hear helicopter activity today as officials conduct inspections.

No arrests have been made.

The Massachusetts State Police in conjunction with the MA State Fire Marshal’s Office is offering a reward up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest for the arson. Call 1-800-682-9229.

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