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    Monday, September 13, 2004

    Military explosive forced evacuation

    Jean Laquidara Hill



    WEBSTER- The 1 1/4-pound beige, moldable C4 explosive that was found in the house at 42 East Main St. Saturday night and detonated at Memorial Beach was in the home of the late Army National Guard Sgt. Theodore L. Perreault, who died Dec. 23 while serving in the military.

    Sgt. Perreault, 33, of the 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment Army National Guard Joint Task Force, died of a noncombat gunshot wound to the head Dec. 23 while on active duty at Camp Buckley in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Trina L. Perreault, the wife of the late Sgt. Perreault, was cleaning when she found the C4 explosive in clear wrap and two blue training hand grenades in a duffel bag, Police Officer Michael Shaw said last night. The explosive was about 1 foot by 3 inches by 1 inch.

    Officer Shaw said Mrs. Perreault called police at 5:42 p.m. Saturday and told them she had some potentially dangerous items, but was unsure what they were. She offered to bring the items to the police station, but police advised her to wait for them. Officer Shaw, a former reservist with the Marines, said he recognized the beige substance as C4, and he and Officer Steven Cacciapouti called in the state police bomb squad. Webster fire, rescue, ambulance and highway crews also were called.

    About 250 people in the residential and business neighborhood were evacuated within a 300-foot radius of 42 East Main St.

    ``It was a big inconvenience for a lot of people, but unfortunately that's what you have to do,'' said Officer Shaw. Officer Shaw said some detonation cord was in the C4 when it was found, but that no electrical device was attached to the C4 and it therefore would not have detonated accidentally. ``C4 by itself is very stable. It needs some type of ignition or charge, then it becomes very, very dangerous,'' said Officer Shaw.

    With Webster Rescue in a craft in Webster Lake near Memorial Beach and state police on the Interstate 395 bridge over Memorial Beach keeping traffic off the overpass, a caravan of about seven local and state vehicles escorted a town Department of Public Works dump truck carrying the C4 explosive buried in sand, said Officer Shaw.

    He said a town DPW crew using a backhoe dug a 3- to 4-foot-deep hole at the beach and two members of the state police bomb squad placed the C4 explosive into the hole and detonated it at about 10 p.m. He said the explosion made a flash and a loud bang but that the hole forced the explosion straight up, not outward, where it could have impacted a radius of 1,000 feet.

    Officer Shaw said the military would not have given permission for the explosives to be taken to the Perreault house. -30-
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    This was a good team effort and shows an abundance of caution on the part of the EOD and the emergency services.

    In reality, there was no chance that C4 was going to detonate without a high explosive, like a blasting cap, to set it off. Fire will not cause it to detonate, impact will no cause it detonate (remember Bill Murray in Caddyshack?).

    But sometimes, it is more important to demonstrate caution and safety to the citizens. I certainly appreciate that and do not criticize it. In fact, had I been the IC, I probably would have done the same thing.

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    Just burn it, as long as you don't try to stomp out the fire it will be fine.
    I'm sure we would have done the same but it seems like a bit of overkill.
    Last edited by ADSNWFLD; 09-13-2004 at 10:18 AM.

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    Excellent work........ Better to air on the side of caution.........


    The thing I wonder about........



    Sgt. Perreault, 33, of the 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment Army National Guard Joint Task Force, died of a noncombat gunshot wound to the head Dec. 23 while on active duty at Camp Buckley in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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    Originally posted by ADSNWFLD
    Just burn it, as long as you don't try to stomp out the fire it will be fine.

    We used to use the stuff to start fires so we could cook. We always liked it when the CBs and Engineers were around
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