And so everyone evacuated post-haste shortly before 2 pm today, Nov. 5, 2013, when the jarring buzzer began to blare.
Morristown police arrived within minutes, followed quickly by the Morristown Fire Department. After about 20 minutes, firefighters determined that there was no danger and allowed staffers and patrons back inside.
What triggered the alarm was not certain.
“We’re keeping our phones by our sides,” Maria Norton, the library director, said with the hint of a smile as she prepared to venture back into the building.
The most recent blast–still unexplained–occurred in May 2010. It caused approximately $5 million worth of damage and shut a portion of the facility for two years.