Homemade bomb found

"It was a water bottle with pellets inside with two AA batteries taped to it with wires running to a 12-guage shotgun shell," remarked GCSO Detective Joe Jones.

There may be a budding terrorist among us.
The Graham County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) is investigating a crude homemade bomb a citizen noticed at the Snowbird dumpster site.
“It was a water bottle with pellets inside with two AA batteries taped to it with wires running to a 12-gauge shotgun shell,” remarked GCSO Detective Joe Jones.
The person who constructed the bomb obviously wanted to hurt someone, but the device may not have exploded if someone touched the wires to the shotgun shell.
“I don’t think it was dangerous,” Jones said. “You could tell they didn’t know what they were doing. It was a bad attempt. For one thing, they used very cheap batteries.”
Naturally, lawmen are concerned.
Sheriff Danny Millsaps cautions citizens to never touch anything that looks suspicious. “Just leave it alone. Call the sheriff office,” Millsaps advised.
It will be difficult to find the bomb maker. “The batteries were purchased at Family Dollar and they are a highly-purchased item. And 12-gauge shells are very common,” Jones said.
Jones says homemade bombs are “fairly rare” in Graham County, but even one is cause for concern. “I just hope they don’t get any smarter,” Jones said.
Anyone with information about the homemade bomb should contact the sheriff’s office at 479-3352.
 

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