MARSHFIELD, Mass. (WHDH) -
Marshfield fire officials responded to a suspicious device that was later confirmed as a pipe bomb discovered on a busy road Sunday afternoon.
The State Police bomb squad was called in to an active scene on Ocean Street. The device, which was described as looking like a nine volt battery, was detonated.
The Department of Fire Services said that it was a pipe bomb. It was sensitive to shock and friction and went off right away when touched.
Police believe that the bomb was attached to an intended target's car.
"We believe that it may have been attached to a motor vehicle and may have fallen off while the motor vehicle was either parked or being driven through the town of Marshfield," said Marshfield Police Chief Phillip Tavares.
Marshfield residents were told to be on high alert. Some were told to stay inside their homes while others were evacuated in case of an explosion.
"It’s scary, to me it is. You see this stuff going on in Boston and stuff, but you never expect it in a small place like here," said Pat Ducey, who was told to leave her home.
No threats were made to the town in the hours leading up to the device's discovery and police believe it was left there unintentionally. The bomb may have been meant to target someone in particular, and not the people in the neighborhood.
State Police said due to the construction of the device, they believe that it wasn't placed at the location on Ocean Street. They are still investigating how the device got there.
"State Police take this opportunity to remind people if they see a suspicious looking object that might be a bomb, to not touch it and call authorities for this very reason, simply moving a bomb can set it off," said Spokesperson Jennifer Mieth from the Department of Fire Services.
Police said people did the right thing by calling it in. Fortunately nobody was hurt but they said had anybody gone over to touch it because it was so sensitive, there could have been injuries.
Officials are now offering a $5,000 reward for any information that could lead to an arrest.