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Police, ATF investigate bomb hoax


Police, ATF investigate bomb hoax
Officers from the Floresville Police Department assist members of the San Antonio Police Department’s bomb squad June 5 as they collect evidence following the destruction of what they determined to have been a phony pipe bomb. The device, which prompted the evacuation of some nearby residents, was found under a home on Fourth Street.


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June 12, 2013
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FLORESVILLE -- The Floresville Police Department and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) continue their investigation into a bomb hoax that created some tense moments for a group of Fourth Street (U.S. 181 Business) residents.

Police said that at approximately 9 p.m. June 4, officers responded to a home in the 700 block of Fourth Street after a woman reported seeing a suspicious device in a crawl space under her house. The woman reported that she was doing yard work when she noticed that a vent cover was missing. Upon investigating, she saw a flashing light.

Officers determined that the object resembled a pipe bomb. They consulted the San Antonio Police Department’s bomb squad, and were instructed to evacuate all homes located within 300 yards of the device. Members of the Floresville Volunteer Fire Department assisted police in detouring traffic away from the scene, as Fourth Street was closed between Peach and Plum streets.

A bomb squad team, along with members of the ATF, arrived at the scene at 10:44 p.m.Floresville police Lt. Chad Clark said the bomb squad used an electrical charge and a water bullet to destroy the device. After collecting the pieces, investigators determined that the object was not a bomb.

Investigators continue to pursue leads in the case.

Graduation threat

Law-enforcement personnel also are searching for clues related to a bomb threat targeting the Floresville High School graduation ceremony exercises June 7. The Floresville Independent School District (ISD) confirmed that a threat was scrawled onto a wall in a boys restroom on the high school campus. Word of the threat spread quickly via Facebook and on the Wilson County News website, prompting the newspaper to inform the district.

Floresville ISD released a statement indicating that its police department, along with the Floresville Police Department, Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Texas Rangers, were made aware of the threat and that proper precautions were taken. In addition to a sheriff’s deputy patrolling the campus in the hours leading up to graduation, a representative from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and a bomb-detection K-9 conducted a search of the campus, and extra officers were on hand for the ceremony.

Anyone with information about either of these incidents is asked to call the Floresville Police Department at 830-393-4055. Anonymous tips, which are eligible for cash rewards if they result in an arrest, can be furnished to Crime Stoppers of Wilson County at 830-393-INFO (4636) or bit.ly/NDrIut.

 

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