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Explosions Heard on Bridge Street

The following information was submitted by the Salem Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

The following is an excerpt from the Salem Police Department's log:

Sunday, Nov. 18:

  • At 5:06 p.m., a woman called police to report that she lost a white envelope containing $900 cash at the Market Basket on Pope Street.
  • At 6:16 p.m., a Fowler Street man called police to report that he had a party on Friday and someone damaged his kitchen door. The man said his landlord asked him to have police file a report.
  • At 9:29 p.m., police responded to a report that a juvenile had damaged a wall at the Access Starr Program. A male juvenile was placed under arrest for malicious destruction of property valued above $250.
  • At 10:53 p.m., police responded to a report of suspicious activity on Front Street. Ronald H. Talbot, 56, of the streets of Salem, was arrested on a charge of trespassing. John J. Lapointe, 53, of the streets of Salem, was arrested on a charge of trespassing.

Monday, Nov. 19:

  • At 12:22 a.m., police responded to a report of loud explosions in the area of Bridge Street. Did you hear the explosions? Let us know in the comments section below.
  • At 12:35 a.m., police stopped a motor vehicle at the intersection of Derby and Liberty streets. Renee A. Jodrie, 23, of 40 Derby St., Salem, was arrested for having an outstanding warrant.
  • At 8:59 a.m., police responded to a customer dispute at the Shell Gas Station on Boston Street. A man reportedly threw a small traffic cone at the rear of another man's vehicle and broken the tail light. A man was summonsed into court on a charge of malicious destruction of property valued under $250. 
  • At 10:52 a.m., a Marion Road man entered the police station to report that someone stole a wrought-iron yard bench from his backyard overnight.
  • At 11:10 a.m., police received word that a resident at the John Bertram House resident found that he was missing a check from his checkbook. The check was reportedly written out to a woman in the amount of $2,000.
  • At 12:40 p.m., a man entered the police station to turn himself in. Francis Abreu, 19, of 50 Warren St., Peabody, was arrested for having an outstanding warrant.
  • At 2:16 p.m., police attempted to serve a default warrant on Church Street. Barry R. Lauzon, 38, of 15 Puritan Road, Swampscott, was arrested for having an outstanding warrant.
  • At 3:25 p.m., police conducted a well-being check on a woman on East India Square who was in the bathroom for an extended period. Officers determined the woman "had a cup of coffee which didn't agree with her."
  • At 3:43 p.m., an East India Square business owner entered the police station to report that she suspected that someone has been stealing shirts from her store.
  • At 4:09 p.m., police responded to a report of broken glass in a driveway on Lafayette Street. 

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Meg Elizabeth November 21, 2012 at 01:50 PM
I was right across the river in north salem, and have a perfect view of the bridge street area skyline - looked out my window (from the third floor) after the first boom, and saw nothing in the sky during the second and third booms. They were very loud; positive not fireworks.
Jenny November 21, 2012 at 02:56 PM
I also heard an explosion last night around 11:30pm on Marlborough Rd. Not sure where it came from or what it was but it was pretty loud...seemed louder than a gunshot. I was outside with my dog when I heard it... scared me! Looked around for a while but didn't see anything. Wonder what it could be..
ACG November 24, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Seneca Guns? http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/topics/booms.php
ACG November 24, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Could be bottle bombs. I won't list the how to, but they are very easy to make with household ingredients. They can be quite loud. Especially at night when it is quiet. There would not be any smoke or flash with them. I used to be a police officer and we would always be chasing down these type of calls and unless you found the exact spot where the bottle blew up it is hard to find where it occurred as they leave very little evidence. I think I also saw in the police log that on one of these nights in question the PD also had a call on Bridge St. for underage drinking.
Carolyn Costain November 24, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Last night there were 3 more loud explosions as My sister and I walked the dogs . the noises were the direction of North st towards Peabody between 9-10pm moments later were heard police and fire going in that direction. Does anyone know what happened?

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