BELCHERTOWN (CBS) – Shortly after midnight Tuesday, seven people were caught trespassing at the Quabbin Reservoir.

State Police say the five men and two women are from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore, and “cited their education and career interests” for being in the area. The men told police they were chemical engineers and recent college graduates.

Update: No Connection To Criminal Groups

The Quabbin, in Belchertown, is one of the country’s largest man-made public water supplies. Boston’s drinking water comes from the Quabbin and the Wachusett Reservoirs.

State Police say there were no warrants or advisories on any of the individuals and “there was no evidence that the seven were committing any crime beyond the trespassing.”

Related: MWRA: Quabbin Reservoir Water Safe

All seven were allowed to leave and will be summonsed to court for trespassing. The FBI is investigating and routine checks of public water supplies have been increased following the incident.

The seven individuals currently live in Amherst, Cambridge, Sunderland, Northampton and New York City. Police have not released their names because a court date has not been set.

Comments (111)
  1. Pronghorn says:

    It’s all completely innocent, seven Muslims at a drinking water reservoir, after midnight. Nothing to see here folks, move along!

  2. Mike says:

    Now just what would the motive be for 7 foreign people to be trespassing at midnight at a Boston’s drinking water source?

    The shocking news is that they were allowed to leave. That ‘s the same operational standard we had for the “Gitmo” detainees and the Boston Bomber who returned to Russia for bomb training.

    Hopefully there’s more to this story yet to come.

  3. Kenneth Bright says:

    Foreigners, believed the same people, in a pickup truck, were on Shutesbury Rd in New Salem, MA, Sunday at 4:45 pm and asked my wife how to get into the Quabbin. My wife and a friend have all the particulars.

  4. Red says:

    First question should be, “Are they Muslims?”

  5. Steve Seay says:

    That is right, keep on letting these people in OUR country….as some point You will learn…Oh Yeah, no you won’t.

  6. Bob says:

    Right. This is great news! Because 19 Saudi Arabians have NEVER attacked this country. I guess they can’t let us know who they are or we would start to follow them ourselves as concerned citizens. If you look carefully, you’ll see that a lot of recent terror plots have links to the FBI or other feds before they happen. If you look carefully you can find reports of plots they forment and then foil. All in the name for pats on the back and more funding. These will be released back into the wild and we’ll hear about them in a few years when they blow themselves up or poison a few thousand people. Remember! Its because they hate us for our freedoms.

  7. mike hunter says:

    What are the odds on them showing up in court?

  8. Dianne says:

    What in the world is wrong with law enforcement in Boston? One month ago today was the marathon bombings. Can you not connect the dots?

  9. DocRambo says:

    This has got to be a violation of their VISAs, and should lead to immediate deportation. Nothing will come of this, until a thousand people die of cyanide poisoning.

  10. Ed says:

    If they don’t show up in court, will the feds actively persue them. Will they wake up and realize, political correctness and being sensitive is going to result in more deaths of more Americans? Sadly, I doubt it. They need to be tracked down, interrogated and then deported, NEVER to return.

  11. schm0e says:

    If you’re not a citizen, stay the f*ck away from the reservoir.

    Problems solved.

  12. Don says:

    Why isn’t the IRS or Holder following these terrorists? No go after the hard working tax payers! This a whole president has got to go!!!!!!!

  13. EITRA says:


  14. charles says:

    No, they’re too busy sicking the IRS on Tea Party folks, and other subversive conservative groups.

  15. Mr Liberty says:

    More state sponsored terrorism – and the state again is Massachusetts.

  16. sueinmi says:

    They live in five different cities but just happened to meet at a reservoir that happens to provide water to a major city.

  17. Mark says:

    Seven individuals from known terrorist states, all living in different places, all “chemical major graduates”, decide to converge on a public water supply AT MIDNIGHT – And Elmer Fudd and his keystone cops don’t find that the least bit suspicious and odd to warrant arresting and holding these FOREIGN ALIENS. People get arrested all the time for tresspassing, especially on sensitive security zone locations!!!

    People’s identities are published all the time for minor offenses – But the identities of these potential terrorist espionage agents are not published.

    The Saudi terrorist, linked to the Boston bombing, and directly connected to Obama and the WH, protected and helped to escape back to Saudi Arabia. Getting the real picture now? Our very government is CLEARLY complicit and part of the war against the American Constitutional Republic and the People. They cannot declare ignorance and feign such stupidity and criminal negligence on this.

  18. Deb says:

    Yep, and these 7 have no connection whatsoever to Boston Marathon bombers or Al Qaeda. Tsnaerav brothers were “lone wolf” terrorists. Its a coincidence that a NJ man made IEDs for NY just fun; and that Canadian Al Qaeda planned to bomb NY bound train, and that Tnaerav men after bombing Boston was also headed to NY all at same time. 2 Detroit arab men & Hawaiin were carrying pressure cookers this week. Also its just a coincidence that an ex CIA nephew in NH threatened a bioterrorist attack on NHTI in 2009 while hanging w/ hookers in Revere, MA, Alere Medical New Bedford, MA and Watertown, MA.