SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A section of the Clark Point Road was closed Wednesday morning after a town employee spotted what appeared to be an unusual device in a bucket at the Lower Town Dock and called police.
Highway Foreman Scott Alley and another employee were making their morning rounds when they came upon a small propane cylinder like those used for propane torches, with wires coming out of it. Attached to the cylinder with duct tape was a one-gallon bucket.
“Originally, we thought it was trash,” Alley said. “When I looked inside [the bucket] I saw wires and debris.”
Alley called Southwest Harbor police, who notified Hancock County Emergency Management and the Maine State Police bomb squad. Both of those agencies responded.
As a precaution, the Clark Point Road from Dirigo Road to the U.S. Coast Guard base was closed to traffic. Wearing protective gear, the bomb squad examined and then used a small explosive charge to destroy the device. According to one observer, there was no “secondary explosion,” therefore the device was not a bomb.
Police are continuing their investigation. If determined to be a hoax, the person who placed the fake bomb is subject to prosecution.
“The threat is gone, but it’s still a crime scene,” said Town Manager Donald Lagrange. Interim Police Chief Mike Miller was not immediately available for comment.