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Police Log: A Mysterious Flash And Boom, Police Interrupt Date Night At Cracker Barrel

Nov 11, 2015 08:24AM ● By Bill Gilman

Tewksbury Police Department.

Tewksbury Police received numerous 911 calls Sunday evening from the Whipple Road area, as well as other neighborhoods, regarding a loud explosion that echoed through the area.
The calls began pouring in just before 7 p.m. Some of the callers also reported a big white flash just prior to the explosion.
No damage was reported and National Grid reported no power outages.
Several police vehicles and a fire engine searched the Whipple Road are and talked to numerous residents, attempting to determine the source of the explosion with no success.

Mysterious suitcase prompts call to bomb squad
Diners at the Cracker Barrel restaurant, 1795 Andover St., got a scare Saturday evening, after a report of a suspicious package brought several police vehicles to the scene.
A fire engine also responded to the restaurant and the bomb squad was requested, as first responders tried to figure out if a mysterious briefcase left unattended posed a danger. Of particular concern was an image on the outside of the briefcase that seemed to resemble a bomb.
Fears were eased when a man came forward to claim the briefcase. He said he had been "paintballing" all day and was meeting his girlfriend for dinner. He said the briefcase contained a paintball gun and that the image on the outside of the briefcase was a tomato and not a bomb.

  • Amanda Jean Ryan, 29, 14 Nelson Ave., Tewksbury, was arrested Nov. 6 and charged with OUI-Drugs and possession of a Class E substance.
  • Steven Burke, 18, 115 Salem Road, Tewksbury, was arrested Nov. 6 and charged with open and gross lewdness.
  • Dean Silva, 43, 93 Bearse Ave., Methuen, was arrested Nov. 8 and charged with OUI-Liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and a marked lanes violation.

Additional Calls:
  • Monday, Nov. 9, 4:25 p.m. -- The Animal Control Officer reported being out a residence on Euclid Road regarding a woman who was unwilling to give up her cats.
  • Monday, Nov. 9, 4:26 p.m. -- A Danielle Drive resident reported being chased by his neighbor's pitbull. The ACO said she would do a follow-up. The ACO said the dog came from a home on Trull Road. All parties were spoken to.
  • Monday, Nov. 9, 12:25 p.m. -- A woman said she was on Livingston Street and found a bag filled with drug items. An officer was sent to the scene and took the bag to dispose of the items properly.
  • Sunday, Nov. 8, 3:48 a.m. --  Police received multiple calls for a multi-vehicle accident near the Cracker Barrel restaurant, 1795 Andover St. Police fire and ambulance responded to the scene. One car was towed and one person was transported by ambulance to LGH Saints Campus for treatment of injuries. One driver was issued a citation.


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