Police find bombs in W.Va. mobile home

November 09, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Police on Thursday entered a home in a mobile home park near the northern end of the Charles Town Bypass and found at least five crudely made bombs, a Jefferson County Sheriff's Department spokesman said.

Police entered the home about 11 a.m. after someone who had worked on the home noticed something in the home that "caused some alarm," Cpl. R.S. Sell said.

That person called police, Sell said.

Police obtained a search warrant, entered the mobile home and found large number of shotgun shells wrapped together with a rope fuse coming out of it, Sell said.

Several other similar devices found in the home were in the early stages of development, Sell said.

The devices were found around doors and windows and investigators believe the person who lived there was using the devices for "protection. This is the way he chose to protect his house," Sell said.


Sell declined to give the exact location of the mobile home in the Parkview mobile home park.

Sell said a man who lived in the home was being held Thursday at Eastern Regional Jail on separate charges.

No charges related to the explosives were filed as of Thursday afternoon.

Sell said he was assisted in the search by three agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and two bomb experts from Maryland.

Officials with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will do further testing on the explosives, Sell said.

It is illegal to possess or manufacture an "incendiary" device, Sell said.

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