Officials: Multiple Explosive Devices Found Outside Newark-Area Home, Shelter In Place Lifted

The Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating the discovery of multiple explosive devices outside of a Newark, Delaware home, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio.

Chionchio said the incident occurred in the unit block of Lavender Lane in the Hillside Heights neighborhood in New Castle County. Deputy fire marshals arrived at the home around 10:00 am yesterday to make contact with a person of interest in a previous suspicious device investigation reported on November 11, 2019, in Pike Creek.

As a result of the discovery, ten homes were evacuated and several additional residents were asked to shelter in place while the New Castle County Police – Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit rendered the devices safe. Residents were allowed back into their homes around 9:30 pm on November 13, 2019.

Chionchio said one person was taken into custody on an arrest warrant out of Pennsylvania, however, no arrests have been made regarding this incident.

Investigators are currently following up on additional leads, according to Chionchio.

The New Castle County Police Department (NCCPD), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) assisted in this investigation. The Christiana Fire Company and New Castle County Paramedics protected the investigators while handling the explosive devices.

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The Delaware Fire Marshal’s Office along with the NCCPD EOD Team is currently investigating a suspicious device in the  Hillside Heights neighborhood near Christiana Hospital, officials said Wednesday afternoon.

Officials said the investigation is underway in the unit block of Lavender Lane and are asking residents of Rustic Drive, Rosewood Drive, Coral Reef Drive, and Greentree Road to shelter in place.

Breaking Report

Newark – New Castle County Police have cordoned off a Newark-area neighborhood with yellow police tape.

Officers have responded to the area of Rosewood Drive and Rustic Drive in the Hillside Heights neighborhood near Christiana Hospital.

Residents in the neighborhood have taken to social media to discuss the incident. One resident said that the police told them that they were investigating possible explosives in a home.

Police have yet to release details surrounding the incident.

This is a developing story.

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