A 13-year-old boy from Swampscott was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital on Thursday after his attempt to build an improvised explosive device went wrong, Swampscott Police Detective Sgt. Tim Cassidy said.

A 13-year-old boy from Swampscott was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital on Thursday after his attempt to build an improvised explosive device went wrong, Swampscott Police Detective Sgt. Tim Cassidy said.


Cassidy said police received a 911 call for an explosion with injuries at 5 p.m. at 92 Melvin Ave. Police, firefighters and Action Ambulance crews responded to the scene.


The 13-year-old was taken to the hospital for injuries to his hand that are not believed to be life-threatening, Cassidy said. There were no other injuries to other people.


Police responded to the same area Saturday, April 26, after a report of a loud explosion that set off car alarm systems in the general area, but no cause was determined at that time.


“Investigators are determining if the same person was responsible for each explosion and the possibility of criminal charges,” said Cassidy, who serves as the Swampscott Police Department’s public information officer.


The incident is being investigated ?by the Swampscott Police Detectives Unit and the Massachusetts State Police Hazardous ?Device Unit.


Swampscott Reporter