Police: Pipe bombs, IEDs found in Arizona stoage unit

FLAGSTAFF, AZ - Two pipe bombs were found in a storage unit last week in Northern Arizona, among other explosives, and police believe a man jailed in New York on similar crimes may be involved.

Detective Kelly Barr, spokesman for the Coconino County Sheriff's Office, said bomb detectives were called to a mini-storage in Valle, Ariz. around 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 21 after multiple improvised explosive devices were found.

Dispatchers learned that the owner of that particular unit had been asked to clean it out and then discovered the devices. Deputies found two devices, believed to be pipe bombs, other IEDs, shot gun shells with a fuse attached to a primer, among other items.

Barr said one of the pipe bombs detonated as bomb technicians were working to render it safe. No one was injured.

Barr said investigators received information that a man currently serving a 10-year sentence in New York related to the unlawful possession of explosive devices and firearms in a separate incident may be responsible for these devices.

No charges have been filed and the investigation is ongoing. The suspect's identity was not released.

 

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