Authorities Explain Why Bomb Squad Closed Faulkland Road


The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the discovery of a suspicious object this morning in Wilmington, Delaware, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio.

Chionchio said a call was received from a citizen shortly after 9:00 am for a suspicious object found in the 1200 block of Faulkland Road near the Silverbrook Cemetery. The New Castle County Police Department – Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit responded to the scene and rendered the suspicious object safe. No evacuations were required.

Another news outlet is reporting that the object was some sort of homemade firework device. We have not been able to confirm that.

State fire investigators are examining the object and will continue the investigation as to how and why the object was discarded along Faulkland Road, said Chionchio.

Officers and Federal Agents were observed searching the Silverbrook Cemetery and the roadway shortly before Faulkland Road was reopened.

Breaking Report

Early this morning Faulkland Road between Oak Hill Drive and Village Road was shut down by authorities investigating an incident.

Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, along with the New Castle County Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team, K-9 officers and an ambulance crew from the Elsmere Fire Company were on scene investigating.

It’s not clear what officials are investigating at this time. authorities have not released any details regarding the incident.

A funeral that was briefly stopped by the roadblock was able to reroute and enter the cemetery at a different entrance.

The road has been reopened.




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