PAWTUCKET — Streets were blocked for several hours and a bomb squad was called in after a woman told police there was an explosive device in her vehicle that was parked in the municipal lot across from Pawtucket City Hall on Thursday morning.
Police Maj. Arthur Martins said that the 36-year-old woman, whom he did not identify, came into the police station at around 11:15 a.m. and reported that there was a bomb in her Nissan that was parked in the city lot on Roosevelt Avenue. He said it was fairly apparent to police from talking to the woman that she had mental health issues, but that out of an abundance of caution, her threat was taken seriously. She was detained at the police station while a search was conducted of her vehicle.
The Rhode Island Fire Marshal's Office and the state Bomb Squad was dispatched to the municipal lot, Martins said. Roosevelt Avenue and Exchange Street were blocked off by police, and about 30 employees of Major Electric, the building closest to the side of the lot where the woman's car was parked, were told to evacuate. Employees of City Hall, and occupants of the nearby Fogarty Manor elderly high rise and Tolman High School were notified of the situation and just told to remain inside, he said.
According to state Fire Marshal Jack Chartier, a robot equipped with high-resolution cameras was sent to inspect the woman's vehicle. The robot circled the vehicle and transmitted photos back to a command center established at the other end of the parking lot.
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