Washington Twp. - Houses along Jeanne Drive and two adjacent streets in Washington Park were evacuated by authorities on Thursday, following a report of a bomb discovered in a private residence.
Emergency crews throughout Wyoming County responded to the scene and waited at a nearby command center, while Meshoppen Police along with other law enforcement maintained a watch of the house on Jeanne Drive.
However, not long after they arrived at the scene, members of the Hazardous Device and Explosive Unit from Scranton Police determined the bomb was a fake.
Meshoppen Police Chief John Krieg reported that the incident began around 12:45 p.m. The owner of the house, who had recently purchased the property at 14 Jeanne Drive in a sheriff’s sale, discovered the device while he was cleaning out basement and called authorities.
The chief could not provide the name of the house’s owner.
After the Scranton unit arrived, members entered the residence, and emerged several minutes later carrying the device. It turned out to be three wrapped pieces of doweling, wired to a timer and a 9-volt battery.
Krieg said he was told by the squad leader that the device looks very authentic.
The chief also reported that the house’s previous owner is deceased, and speculated that it was probably made by someone as a joke.
Children from Washington Park who attended school in the Tunkhannock Area District were taken to Mehoopany Elementary School where parents could pick them up.