Sandwich crash cuts power; Flares wash up on Falmouth beach; Creosote buildup causes chimney fire

Sandwich crash causes major power outage, driver alleged to be OUI
- A vehicle vs utility pole crash in Sandwich caused a major power outage. The crash on Asa Meiggs Road by Evsun Drive just before 9 p.m. snapped the pole dropping it across the road. The driver 36-year-old Heidi Debarros of Mashpee was out of the car when rescuers arrived and was apparently not seriously injured.  Police, however, arrested her for operating under the influence of alcohol. Power was knocked out to a large section of Sandwich, Mashpee, Cotuit and Marstons Mills. NStar crews were able to make temporary repairs and get most service restored in about 45 minutes. Asa Meiggs Road was expected to remain closed overnight while the pole was replaced. Sandwich Police are investigating the crash. Map courtesy of

Flares wash up on Falmouth beach

A flare that washed up on Surf Beach emits smoke as it is dunked in a pail of water.
- At about 3 p.m. Wednesday a person walking on Surf Drive Beach in Falmouth spotted a gray cylinder about 24" long and 6" in diameter. Falmouth Police and Fire/Rescue responded and were soon joined by two units from the State Police Bomb Squad. The Bomb Squad officers collected the cylinder and placed it in the back of a Falmouth DPW dump truck surrounded by sand. The cylinder was taken to the town sand pit and destroyed. Shortly after that exercise the Falmouth PD searching the beach found two more cylinders, one of them smoking.

By then the bomb squad had determined the cylinders were a type of "naval" flare filled with phosphorus. The phosphorus although not explosive was capable of producing smoke and flame when exposed to air. At that point Falmouth Fire/Rescue officers contacted the US Coast Guard for identification of the objects, the Coast Guard confirmed that 4 flares had been deployed off Falmouth beaches recently during exercises. It was suggested that Falmouth police search the Surf Drive beach area and Falmouth Beach with an ATV for any other "devices". The 4th flare had in fact apparently sunk in the ocean as designed.

The State Police bomb squad then placed the other two cylinders in buckets of water and in the DPW truck, again surrounded by sand. One of the cylinders could be seen emitting smoke and flame when it was picked up to place it in the bucket of water. The two cylinders where also transported to the town sand pit to be destroyed and the scene was declared clear at 6:40 pm. Falmouth Police and DNR officers were still searching along the beach with the ATVs to be sure the fourth flare did not wash up. Story and photos by Eric Tinglof.

Creosote buildup causes chimney fire

dennis031208b_253SOUTH DENNIS – The danger of burning unseasoned “green” wood was brought home to the resident of 306 Main Street early Wednesday afternoon when the creosote buildup in his chimney caught fire. Upon hearing the “roaring” in the chimney, he called the Dennis Fire Department. The DFD responded and attacked the fire with dry chemical “depth charges” dropped down the chimney (see right). The dry chemical is the same that is found in a fire extinguisher. When the plastic bag containing the chemical melts, the chemical is released and the hot-air convection carries it up the chimney to put out the fire. The fire was contained within the chimney and was under control in a matter of minutes. Dennis Fire Inspector Captain Robert Tucker reminds homeowners to have their chimneys cleaned and inspected regularly. Story and photos by Kevin Morley.

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