Investigation opened after homemade explosive goes off in Barboursville street

September 29, 2018

The Herald-Dispatch

BARBOURSVILLE — A fire marshal investigation has been opened after a homemade explosive device went off along Lee Street in Barboursville on Friday morning.

According to Barboursville Police Chief Mike Coffey, police received a call about a suspicious device in someone’s yard in the 800 block of Lee Street in Barboursville early Friday. While police were responding to the scene, the device exploded. Lee Street was shut down after the explosion, but has since reopened.

“We have turned it over to the state fire marshal and have collected the debris,” he said. “But we don’t know who it was directed toward or who it was placed there by.”

Coffey said several people in the area have on-going domestic issues and anyone could have placed the device there, even a teenager playing a prank. A full investigation will be conducted, but Coffey does not believe the public should be worried at this time.

The device was made from a small plastic bottle with chemicals placed inside. Coffey did caution the public to be aware of the possibility these devices exist in their day-to-day lives.

“We want people to be aware if you see a pop bottle lying on the roadway, don’t pick it up,” he said. “It looks like a regular plastic container, but it will have material in it. Best thing to do is leave it alone if you are unsure about it.”

Coffey added area schools were not put on lockdown because after the explosion, it was quickly deemed there was no further threat in the area.

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