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Panel Truck Stopped in New Britain Carrying Explosives, Police Say

May 3, 1995

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) _ A camouflage-painted panel truck, stopped near a college campus because of a noisy muffler Tuesday, was carrying explosives, police said.

The truck contained some hand grenades, mortars and rocket propelled grenades, known as RPG rockets, said police Officer Leon Robel.

The truck was pulled over by campus police as it passed the outskirts of the Central Connecticut State University, said Jason Powell, head of campus security. Powell said an officer noticed some type of military ordinance in the truck, but didn’t know what type.

The state police bomb squad and agents from the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were on the scene.

The large panel truck was pulled over in a residential neighborhood. A one-block radius was evacuated as a precaution and residents were told not to use electronic equipment.

Police are ``assuming the worst so this is all precautionary,″ said New Britain Deputy Fire Chief John Corvi.

Powell said the driver and passenger, both men in their late 20s, were being questioned by campus police. Their names were not released.

New Britain is a college town with a population of about 75,500 residents about 10 miles southwest of Hartford.

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