By Beth Germano, WBZ-TVBy Beth Germano

WOBURN (CBS) – Woburn police say an Elm Street neighborhood is safe and there is no threat after bomb making materials were found inside a home. Police say it was a wellness call that brought them to 79 Elm Street, and when they arrived a 24-year-old male inside the home refused to come out.

“There was an initial emotional conversation,” said Chief Robert Ferullo. “Woburn Police stabilized the situation and the suspect gave himself up.”

But inside police say they found materials and components, enough to make a small improvised explosive device. That brought a response from the SWAT team and the Linscott Elementary School across the street was given a “stay in place” order.

“I got a phone call that my son was OK and would be taken out the back door,” said mother Melissa Scanlon. “I don’t know how I’m going to explain this to my son, it’s frightening.”

The 24-year-old man who lives with his parents was taken into custody and investigators removed the materials from the home. It’s unclear if any charges will be filed.

“I don’t want to see this,” said Woburn resident Paul Farrell. “There’s too much stuff going on in the world.”

Friends say the suspect had recently become reclusive. “He was always friendly but lately he seemed down and sort of depressed. You don’t know what’s going on,” said Chris Burleson, who worked with the suspect at a Woburn pizza shop.

Beth Germano


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