(Update) Homes evacuated in Lawrence for possible explosives, chemicals

Police block off Exchange Street in Lawrence after explosives were discovered in a home there. Photo: Methuen Police Dept./Twitter
Police block off Exchange Street in Lawrence after explosives were discovered in a home there. Photo: Methuen Police Dept./Twitter

Several homes were evacuated in Lawrence on Sunday after police found chemicals and what they believed to be pipe bomb in a private residence, Methuen police reported.

Methuen and Lawrence police responded with a hazardous materials team and Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad, and determined there was no threat.

Authorities discovered the items after responding to 200 Exchange St. to recover weapons.

Around 1:30 p.m., police said what they initially believed to be a pipe bomb was actually an empty nunchuck.

The items apparently belonged to a man in his 40s who lived at the residence and died in May. His mother found the suspicious items, which included a cross bow, fuse and powders, when she was cleaning the home.

Residents were expected to be allowed to return home during the afternoon.

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