LAWRENCE — Earlier this morning, police were called to 200 Exchange St. in Lawrence, a three-family tenement near the Methuen line, to remove guns from the home. The weapons belonged to a 40-year-old deceased male.
Police say they found the guns as well as a crossbow and what they believed to be a pipe bomb and other bomb making material. Police called in a Hazmat team and Massachusetts State Police bomb squad, evacuated residents and blocked off the area.
After a search of the home, officers removed two rifles, a crossbow and a pellet gun. The suspected pipe bombs were empty pieces of steel pipe and a nunchuck handle. Police also found powder and fuses used in bomb making.
After the scene was cleared, Methuen police searched a storage unit belonging to the deceased male who authorities believe owned the material. They found no further weapons or sign of bomb making material.
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