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Connecticut Route 72 Closed Down as Authorities Investigate New Britain Bank

Connecticut Route 73 Closed Down as Authorities Investigate New Britain Bank

Police presence closes roads in New Britain, locks down schools in Bristol

A large police presence has shut down a busy stretch of roads near Route 72 in New Britain and sent three schools in two towns into lockdown.

Miss Porter’s in Farmington and the Ivy Drive Elementary and Northeast Middle Schools in Bristol have been locked down, possibly in connection to an incident in New Britain.

The mayor’s office would not specify the reason, but said the closure is affecting Route 72 eastbound at exit 7, Lincoln Street, West Main Street and Blackrock Avenue.

On Route 72, the Department of Transportation reported a backup to about exit 9.

The incident appears to be stemming from the Achieve Financial Credit Union at 450 West Main St.

Buildings around the credit union were evacuated.

Eyewitnesses reported that a suspect possibly had a bomb. One who lives on Lincoln Street said wires were seen coming from the suspect’s chest.

Mayor Erin Stewart said from her Twitter account that precautionary measures were being taken for all resident and commuter safety.

Sources told Eyewitness News that New Britain has activated its “Blue Plan,” which means it is receiving aid from surrounding towns.

Police called it a serious situation.

They said neither of the nearby schools, Slade and Lincoln Elementary, are in lockdown.

The Bristol Police Department said it was investigating an incident at 133 Lufkin Lane in Bristol that may be connected. Live pictures of the scene can be viewed here.

The bomb squad was on scene.

No other information was released.

Eyewitness News has a crew headed to the scene.



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