FARMINGTON — The state fire marshal’s office said this week’s explosion along Bailey Hill Road was likely caused by homemade fireworks.

It appeared to investigators that the explosive was made up of paper products, consistent with “a homemade pyrotechnic device,” according to a Wednesday news release by Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland.

Debris from the device that exploded was collected at the scene and was analyzed at the Portland office of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Investigators said some of the debris will also be sent to the national ATF lab for further analysis, McCausland said.

The explosive detonated on the remote farm road Monday night. A resident also saw someone thrown a lit device from a car into the road.

The Maine State Police bomb squad was called to remove the device in the road.

A new law took effect Sunday that made the sale and personal use of fireworks legal in Maine. Farmington is not among the several communities statewide that have passed local ordinances banning fireworks.

McCausland said anyone with information about the incident should contact the Farmington Police Department at 778-6311.a

 

David Robinson — 861-9287

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