Affidavit: Pipe bombs found in HazMat investigation

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Investigators searching a Newport News home Thursday for a possible drug lab found two pipe bombs, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained by 10 On Your Side.

Newport News police were at the home on Kerry Lake Drive all day Thursday and said they were investigating a possible hazardous material. They said someone contacted the Organized Crime Division earlier in the week with a tip.

Newport News Fire Department, Virginia State Police and the DEA assisted in the investigation. Police would not say what kind of hazardous material may have been inside the home, but said they were removing items for testing.

Court documents obtained by 10 On Your Side show the deputy fire marshal was helping search for a possible drug lab, and investigators found two pipe bombs with the ends capped off. They were made of PVC with black powder inside them, and were in the upstairs bedroom, along with a bag of black powder. According to the paperwork, the garage area had what appeared to be two different labs, which had other materials for making an explosive device.

A log of evidence shows investigators recovered more than 50 items, including powders, liquids, and a rocket igniter. The homeowner, Shirley Rucker, told 10 On Your Side her grandson is a chemistry student at ODU who lived with her. She said Thursday he was out of town and was surprised by all of it.

“He was, the first time he heard about it, because he just knew that all of his chemicals were okay, legal and okay,” Rucker said.

Police said there was no threat to the public and that they did not have any suspects or warrants for an arrest. They said it was still an active investigation and that it would be inappropriate to discuss any pending charges.

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