York Co. man accused of having explosive device

Smith Claybo (Photo courtesy: York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office)

YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) – An investigation into a potential explosive device ended safely Thursday afternoon.

The Sheriff’s Office says a neighbor reported that a suspect had approached him with a “pipe-type” device in hand that he feared it could be a bomb. Investigators then responded to the 100 block of Rollins Way around 3 p.m.

Portions of the Willow Lakes subdivision were blocked off and school buses that drop off students in that area were diverted back to the schools they attend. Parents were asked to pick them up there.

The suspect was taken into protective custody as fire crews and a bomb squad investigated. Around 5:30 p.m., authorities determined the device was not a danger to the public. It was safely retrieved and residents were then being allowed back to their homes.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the suspect, 27-year-old Smith Claybo was mentally evaluated then taken to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail. Claybo was charged with manufacture, possession, use, etc. of explosive materials or devices.

Lt. Dennis Ivey did not say what the device turned out to be, but said it was never a danger to the public.

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