In what Chelsea police called “a scene out of a horror movie,” an illegal dental operation was shut down yesterday.

City inspectors and fire investigators, acting on a tip, had police raid a building on Essex Street, where they found the illegal operation being run out of a dirty basement.

Police found dental instruments, blood from a recent procedure, and other equipment described as “rudimentary” and “unsanitary” in a small partitioned area of the basement.

Police don’t, however, know who was running the illegal dentist’s office.

Police are asking residents to call anonymously to 24 hr Crime Stoppers TIP line at 617-466-4880 or texting the word Chelsea and then their message to tip411 (847411) from their cell phone. Anonymous web tips can also be submitted right from the Police Departments website at

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