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HANOVER TWP. — A crew from the Scranton Police Bomb Squad detonated a hazardous substance removed from Bridon American on New Commerce Boulevard on Monday.


Township Fire Chief Jeff Tudgay said employees at the manufacturer of wire and cables noticed that an acid-like substance had turned to powder. When that happens, Tudgay said, the powder becomes “extremely volatile.”


Bridon American and nearby businesses were evacuated. New Commerce Boulevard, the main roadway through the industrial park, was shut down during the emergency.


The Scranton Police Bomb Squad used a remote device to remove the powder that was detonated.


New Commerce Boulevard reopened just before 4 p.m. No injuries were reported.


Luzerne County Emergency Management assisted the township fire department at the scene.


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