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Arrest warrant filed for man accused in Johnson City bomb incident

June 24th, 2013 11:08 am by Staff Report

Arrest warrant filed for man accused in Johnson City bomb incident

420 Lamont St.

Police have obtained a warrant for the arrest of a man accused of making a homemade bomb on Lamont Street earlier this month.

The warrant charges David Collins, 49, 310 Hamilton St., with attempt to manufacture an explosive devise and felony reckless endangerment.

Court documents indicate Collins called 911 the night of June 14 telling dispatchers he had a homemade bomb and that he wanted to kill his ex-wife's boyfriend.

Collins used ammonium nitrate fertilizer mixed with lamp oil and placed it in a plastic bottle with nails and screws, but the device lacked a fuse, police said in the court record.

The Johnson City Police Department's Bomb Squad cordoned off the area, found the backpack containing the device, removed the bottle and "rendered it safe."

The backpack was found on the sidewalk in front of 420 Lamont Street, and the bomb squad used a device called a disrupter to determine the contents of the backpack, JCPD Capt. Brian Rice said after the incident. Items in the backpack suggested that Collins was attempting to make a complete bomb, Rice said.

The road was blocked off to traffic during the investigation Friday as part of the bomb squad’s protocol. Police notified residents around the sidewalk where the bomb was found.

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