A man has been arrested after police and the bomb squad were called to a group home on Baxter Road in Barnstable, Massachusetts.
According to Barnstable police Lt. Mark Cabral, Dorian Firth, 40, has been arrested and charged with one count of felony possession of incendiary materials, and one count of felony possession of an incendiary device.
At approximately 6 a.m. police were called to the group home after receiving a report that a resident had an explosive device on the premises. Upon arriving, police moved everyone to safety and applied for a warrant to search the group home.
Police took samples and other evidence, and the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad removed the device and incendiary materials to a controlled environment and detonated them.
Several departments conducted the investigation alongside the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad, including the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Hyannis Fire Department, and the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office.
The group home where the explosive device was found is run by Homeless not Hopeless Inc, which is a nonprofit corporation that assists homeless people by offering supportive housing, education, and training to its clients.
This isn’t Firth’s first run-in with the law. According to The Cape Cod Times:
“In December 2018, Firth pleaded guilty in Barnstable District Court to charges of assault and battery on a police officer and strangulation or suffocation.
Firth was sentenced to two years in a house of correction, with 90 days deemed served and the balance of his sentence suspended, according to court records. He also was sentenced to two years of probation, during which time he was subject to drug and alcohol screenings, records said.”