Bomb disposal experts carry out controlled explosion after device found in Boston home

A controlled explosion was carried out by bomb disposal officers after what is believed to have been an explosive device was found in a property in Boston.
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Police, bomb disposal officers, and other emergency services at the scene yesterday

Nearby homes had to be evacuated yesterday afternoon after police discovered what is thought to have been an improvised explosive device (IED) in a home on Margaret Drive.

Police said residents from 14 homes were evacuated, but they were able to return home by 9.30pm last night.

The device was discovered after police executed a search warrant at the property.

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Police, bomb disposal officers, and other emergency services at the scene yesterday

A 65-year-old man was arrested and was still in custody this morning, police said.

In a statement this morning Lincolnshire Police said: “The EOD (Explosives Ordnance Disposal) removed the device from the property last night and carried out a controlled explosion at a safe location.

“Residents were able to return to their homes at 9.30pm last night.

“Our sincere thanks go out to those affected; to Boston Borough Council for their efforts to find alternative accommodation should it have been needed; and for the Tollfield Road campus of the Haven High School who provided our officers with refreshments throughout the day.

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Police, bomb disposal officers, and other emergency services at the scene yesterday

“A real team effort - thank you Boston!”

Police said yesterday they did not believe the incident to be terrorist related, but were still carrying out investigations.

Superintendent Steve Knubley said yesterday: "Detectives carried out a search warrant at a property this morning at 8am following information that potentially explosive compounds could be at the address.

“On searching the address, detectives discovered what is believed to be an improvised explosive device. Further investigation is required, but we are not treating the incident as terrorism related at this time."