1957: Bomb in Mail Proves Dud in Middletown

Middletown – (UP) “What appeared to be a live homemade bomb, found in a sack of mail from Springfield, Mass., turned out today to be a dud.

The harmless contraption consisted of a dry cell battery, wired to a length of lead pipe which contained soot, and not powder as first feared.

Police Chief John J. Pomfret called it the work of a “crackpot.”

The device, enclosed in two cardboard boxes, was discovered yesterday in a bag of mail delivered by train to Meriden and consigned to the local post office.” –From The Bridgeport Post, Jan. 22, 1957.

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