Police are investigating a series of explosions this afternoon outside the Rite Aid in Park Plaza on Central Avenue.
Officials responded to a report from the manager at Rite Aid of three explosions at 1:37 p.m. After investigating, police found evidence of three empty soda bottles that had been filled with chemicals and aluminium foil, officials said.
The Rite Aid and two nearby businesses were evacuated while police and fire crews responded. Although no injuries were initially reported, police said a firefighter suffered minor injuries while responding to the scene.
Police don’t have any suspects yet but Chief Joseph Waldron said the investigation is ongoing.
“People think it’s a joke, and it’s not,” Waldron said. “We found exploded 2-liter bottles, totally disintegrated, melted in fact.”
Waldron said all of the materials used to construct the homemade bombs could be purchased over-the-counter.
“When neighbors can hear it inside their house, then that’s a problem,” he added.
Waldron said it’s too early to know what charges could be filed in connection with the incident.
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