Below is an excerpt from an article in the Lowell [Massachusetts] Sun:
“A Chelmsford man accused of planting explosive devices on National Grid power lines in Tyngsboro [Mass.] in March was indicted by a federal grand jury on Tuesday.
Danny Kelly, 61, of Chelmsford, was indicted on a charge of malicious destruction of property by fire. He has been held without bail since his arrest after Tyngsboro firefighters on March 30 responded to Locust Avenue near National Grid power lines for a brush fire that officials suspect was caused by one of five incendiary devices found at the scene.
A note found at the scene explained that the devices were designed to cause disruption to power from Canada to the United States.
Investigators focused on Kelly because in a 2004 case he was convicted of cutting 18 phone and cable lines in an extortion attempt against Nortel Networks, his former employer.
Kelly pleaded guilty to extortion and in 2006, a federal judge sentenced him to five years probation, ordered him to undergo mental-health treatment, possess no destructive devices and pay $378,041 in restitution.
As part of his 2004 case, Kelly was evaluated by Dr. Roger H. Gray, who performed a forensic psychological evaluation. Gray diagnosed Kelly as having symptoms of bipolar and paranoid-personality disorders.
After the incendiary devices were discovered on the National Grid power lines, a raid of Kelly ‘s 26 School St. home by the FBI and other officials yielded chemicals that could be used to make the pipe-bomb-type devices…”
A brush fire in a marshy area, or fen, in Boston received a lot of attention Thursday afternoon when dense black smoke affected much of the metropolitan area.
The fire was knocked down after a couple of hours. A police officer at the scene was transported to a hospital, but no information was provided about the officer’s condition or the nature of the injury.
…Police said they found cylindrical metal objects on high power lines — that someone deliberately placed there.
“It would take a considerable effort to get up as high as they did in this instance,” said Howe.
Investigators said the devices looked like pipe bombs but were not explosive. They said it appears they were designed to start a fire and had to be manually activated.
“These devices were homemade,” FBI special agent Peter Kowenhoven said. “Those devices are going to now be moved to the FBI lab for analysis to identify the precursor chemicals, as well as the other parts of the device.”
Authorities haven’t said how many devices were found or how they were placed on the power lines.
“I can’t think of any other reason why somebody would want to do that, other than a sinister reason,” said Kowenhoven.
Agents said the fact that the objects were designed to catch fire — not explode — could help them pin down those responsible…
The Red Flag Warning map above was current as of 9 a.m. MT on Saturday. Red Flag Warnings can change throughout the day as the National Weather Service offices around the country update and revise their forecasts. For the most current data, visit this NWS site.
The primary mission of these firefighters is debris removal and road clearance for electrical power personnel.
Hurricane Sandy Firefighting Resources Committed as of November 1, 2012 at 0600.
Incident Management Team Type 2 (Grant)
Two Type 2IA Crews (MI & MN)
Three Type 2 Crews
Two Type 1 Interagency Hotshot Crews (Cherokee short IHC, and Augusta short IHC)
Five 2 person Saw Crews
Two Incident Management Team Type 2: (Pisarek) operating at East Farmingdale, and the Maine IMTeam (IC Jeff Currier) operating in Brooklyn.
NIMO (National Incident Management Organization) (Quesenberry) assigned to support Nassau County NY.
NIMO (Kleinman) assigned to NYC Mob Center in route
NIMO (Hahnenberg) assigned to NY State Coordination Center in route
Massachusetts: Fort Devens
Incident Management Team Type 2 (Kollmeyer)
Incident Management Team Type 1 (Wilder)
Two Type 2 crews
Five IHC Crews (Fulton, Breckenridge, Los Padres, Palomar, Laguna) arriving 11/1/12
West Virginia: Charleston
Type 2 IA Crew
It is interesting that none of the Incident Commanders listed on the web site for the four NIMO teams are participating in this incident. At least one of them, Steve Gage, has moved to another job. There is no way to tell when the web site was last updated. We are checking on this and will have more information later about the NIMO teams.
HERE is a link to a five-minute podcast Jennifer Jones, a Public Affairs Specialist with the USFS in Boise did yesterday with Steve Gage, the new Assistant Director for Operations with the USFS at NIFC, about using IMTeams and fire crews to help with hurricanes and other non-fire emergencies.