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UPDATE: Man arrested after live pipe bomb found in Waco identified

WACO - UPDATE: ATF Special Agent Nicole Strong has identified Richard Summerset as the man arrested after a pipe bomb was found in a Waco home Monday. He has been indicted on federal charges and will face a detention hearing later this week.

A Waco neighborhood is safe once again after a McLennan County Bomb Tech Unit detonated a live pipe bomb found Monday afternoon.

Waco Police have taken a man into custody for making that bomb. Waco PD says the ATF will be filing federal charges soon.

The South Waco neighborhood was blocked off while authorities dealt with the bomb. Police, ATF investigators, the McLennan County sheriff's office and a McLennan County bomb tech unit were at the scene after they got a tip call that there was a bomb in a house in the 2800 block of Columbus Avenue.

Homes immediately near the duplex were evacuated and other people were asked to stay inside and away from windows. John Miller says he knows the man in police custody and says he’s the one that made that tip call.

"I have a duty to the community and to the people in the homes. There could be children. There could be anyone. The man that owns the unit was in there this weekend; he could have set the bomb off," says Miller.

The bomb squad later found the bomb wrapped in a towel inside an ice chest that was stored in a locked shed.

After running x-rays and tests, the bomb tech unit brought the bomb out of the shed and surrounded it with sand bags, before sending in a robot to use a high-pressure water charge to destroy the bomb.

Waco PD spokesman Sgt. Patrick Swanton says while these types of situations are rare, he’s glad they have the technology to handle it.

"If you saw the robot go up there a little while ago, that is a life-saving tool,” says Sgt. Swanton. "Thank goodness the sheriff's department had that; they had trained bomb techs that were able to come out. [They have] nerves of steel. That is a very difficult task, because you don't know what you're dealing with."

No one was injured in the disposal and no other explosives were found at the home.
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