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Authorities investigate possible explosive device found near mobile home

BELL COUNTY, TX (KXXV) -

Authorities are investigating an early morning mobile home fire after elements of a possible explosive device were found near the scene. Fire units from the Killeen Fire Department responded to the fire a little after 4:30 Monday morning at the intersection of Chapparal Rd. and Slawson Lane just south of Killeen.

Donnie Adams of the Bell County Sheriff's Office said they found a device outside the mobile home with wires attached to it. The Fort Hood Explosives Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team was then called to the scene.

Ft. Hood EOD team arrived at the site at 7 a.m. and determined that the device was a half a can of smokeless gunpowder with some wires. The EOD team didn't find a trigger on or near the device, so it could not be called a bomb. 

"We secured the device, but it turned out to be smokeless gunpowder. There was no trigger detonating for it, that was located or with the device," said Adams. 

A neighbor told News Channel 25 that he was blocked in his house for hours.

"I was asked to stay on my property and stay out of there way for approximately two to three hours," said Kenneth Shane.

A bottle of a liquid found at the scene was also analyzed. Authorities have removed everything from the site without incident.

According to Bell County Fire Marshal Steve Casey, a man had been squatting in the mobile home for two years. The owner of the mobile home is in Kansas and said that no one was supposed to be living inside of it. Neighbors had called law enforcement, but had not been able to actually catch him living in the home.

The Fort Hood EOD team responds to incidents, on average, eight times a month statewide to assist law enforcement agencies with the recovery or disposal of potentially dangerous devices or material.

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