Police searching for suspect after 'explosive device' deactivated from local home

Posted at 4:28 PM, Jun 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-01 08:17:05-04

A neighborhood is safe once again, after a bomb was found inside a Waco home and then disabled Tuesday.

Police are looking for the suspect and are in the process of getting a warrant for his arrest. Police have not released the name of the man.

A McLennan County bomb squad was called out to the 1800 block of Pryor Drive to defuse an explosive device found inside the garage of a home.

Police say the man they believe left the device had threatened family members living in the home in the past, telling them he would blow the house up if they ever kicked him out.

A family member saw the device when they went to get some important documents that were kept in a safe and called police.

Waco Police Sgt. Randy Lanier says they always take every precaution because it's better to be safe than sorry.

“It didn't look like an explosive device because there were no wires, no dynamite attached to it, or anything typically that you would think looked like an explosive device, but then after they x-ray it, you could tell that it was,” says Sgt. Lanier.

Neighbors like Tamara Jackson were shocked when they heard the news, but say they still feel safe in their neighborhood.

“I've lived here all my life,” says Jackson. “It's a very safe, quite neighborhood. We all look out for each other but when something like this happens you know, it is a little bit frightening.”

Investigators don't know how long that bomb was inside the home but no one was injured.

Authorities are still investigating. Police say the suspect is a homeless man and they know who they're looking for, but they haven't released his name.

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