The Chicopee Police have ordered the evacuation of homes and issued a stay-in-place order for others as the department prepares to dispose of recently discovered “energetic materials.”
The orders are to be observed Friday, Sept. 25, 7-10 p.m., police said.
Police discovered the energetic materials on Thursday, Sept. 24 on Summer Street and will dispose of them in a controlled burn tonight, police said.
“You may hear a loud noise, which may also be associated with this event,” police said. “The situation should be resolved by the end of the night."
Nearby homes on Summer Street have been evacuated.
People are being asked to shelter in place in their homes, 7-10 p.m., on the following streets:
- High Street
- Walnut Avenue
- Walnut Street
- Pine Street
- Summer Street.
People who have been notified through a Reverse 911 call to shelter in place should do so as well.
Those sheltering in place should remain inside and close all doors and windows and avoid standing near the windows, police said.
Gas and power may be temporarily interrupted during this controlled burn, police said.
Temporary shelters are available for people who need them. You can access them by calling (413) 594-1639.
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