Morristown library evacuated; firefighters give the ‘all clear’

Alarms are taken very seriously at the Morristown & Township Library, scene of two explosions since 1994.

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.

Morristown firefighters enter Morristown & Township Library to investigate alarm. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Morristown firefighters enter Morristown & Township Library to investigate alarm. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Library employees and patrons wait on the far side of Miller Road for permission to re-enter the building. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Library employees and patrons wait on the far side of Miller Road for permission to re-enter the building. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Firefighters give the 'all clear' to Maria Norton, director of the Morristown & Township Library. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Firefighters give the ‘all clear’ to Maria Norton, director of the Morristown & Township Library. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Morristown fire department answers alarm at the Morristown & Township Library. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Morristown fire department answers alarm at the Morristown & Township Library. Photo by Kevin Coughlin



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