John C. Fisher, Chief of Police
41 Lowell Street
Carlisle, MA 01741
For Immediate Release
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Carlisle Police Respond to Library after Live Antique Military Shells Found
Ordnances Rendered Safe
CARLISLE – Chief John Fisher reports that the Carlisle Police Department responded to the Gleason Public Library this morning after multiple live antique military shells were found in a closet.
Around 10 a.m., Carlisle Police received a report from the librarian at Gleason Public Library, 22 Bedford Road, that several ordnances were found in a closet. The librarian was uncertain if the shells were live or not.
Out of an abundance of caution, Carlisle Police evacuated the library and notified the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad, which responded to evaluate the military shells. State Police determined the ordnances were live and are rendering them safe at the town’s transfer station.
There is no danger to the community at this time.
“The librarian did exactly the right thing by notifying us of these antique military shells once they were located,” Chief Fisher said. “We appreciate the assistance from the State Police in rendering the ordnances safe, and I want to thank the public for their patience during this process.”
Following an investigation, Carlisle Police determined that the ordnances are from the Civil War era and were donated to the town years ago as part of a Gettysburg collection.