Billerica – On Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at approximately 5:01 PM Billerica Police were dispatched to the Market Basket, #480 Boston Road, Billerica for a suspicious package located outside the main doors of the building. The package appeared to resemble a pressure cooker device and was secreted inside a paper bag. After determining the package had no legitimate purpose, and out of an abundance of caution, a decision was made to evacuate the Market Basket and contact the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad. Officers immediately set up a safe zone around the area of Market Basket. At approximately 5:51 PM the MSP Bomb Squad arrived and at 6:27 PM they determined the item was a “Crock-Pot” and did not pose a threat. The facility was immediately cleared and operations returned to normal. The Billerica Police are currently investigating the purpose for the device being placed in front of the store.
Any additional questions on this matter can be directed to Deputy Chief Roy Frost at 978-490-5030