brings ‘rolling bomb’ to Abington
By Elaine Allegrini, Enterprise staff
Abington – A Plymouth man faces
state and federal charges after police say he towed
a "rolling bomb" through heavily traveled
A utility trailer carrying 22 unsecured pressurized
canisters of flammable propane gas, oxygen and acetylene
was seized at midday on Route 58 near the intersection
of Route 123, Police Chief David Majenski said.
He said it was a "rolling bomb" that had the
potential to explode on the congested streets of town.
The unmarked canisters, carrying from 20 to 200 pounds
of gases, were in various degrees of deterioration,
piled on top of each other, with nozzles hitting each
other, he said.
"A quick stop or sudden turn could have torn one
of the nozzles off," Majenski added.
He said the canisters were being transported in violation
of federal regulations that require the containers to
be upright and secured when in transit, markings to
indicate if the contents are flammable, and a placard
on the vehicle to identify the cargo.
The operator of the truck towing the trailer, Steven
Leary, 35, of 37 Beach St., Plymouth, had a suspended
license, Majenski said.
He said a criminal complain will be sought charging
Leary with operating after his license was suspended,
a subsequent offense, and transporting hazardous materials
without a permit.
He faces a plethora of violations on the federal side
and fines up to $29,000, the chief added.
Majenski credited officer Kevin F. Sullivan with recognizing
the danger of the cargo that he observed traveling north
on Route 58 shortly before noon.
The vehicle and trailer were seized and removed to a
remote location. Majenski expects a licensed hazardous
materials hauler will properly dispose of the canisters
Meanwhile, he said, Sullivan and Officer Todd Cantalupo
continue investigating the case. They comprise the local
truck team, specially trained to spot and investigate
Majenski said he sent the officers for truck training
after receiving complaints from residents about the
volume and class of traffic that travels through Abington
where there are four state highways.
The canisters came from West Washington Street in Hanson
and were headed to Hingham for disposal, Majenski said.
However, investigators learned that BOX Gases in Hingham
would not have accepted the canisters.
Majenski said his officers notified Hanson police that
more canisters may be at the West Washington Street
Hanson Fire Chief Allen Hoyt said he was advised of
the canisters Thursday morning by Abington Fire Chief