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Explosive device found in vacant home in Limestone County

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Posted at 3:42 PM, May 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-17 17:37:06-04

UPDATE:  The bomb squad did what's called a "counter charge" on the device, putting it in a hole and blowing it up just after 4 p.m., according the Sheriff McNamara.  It did have explosive material in it, and possibly shrapnel.  Technicians will now take soil samples for lab tests to determine its components.

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McLennan County Sheriff's Office's bomb squad is on the scene where what appears to be an improvised explosive device was found in a vacant home in Limestone County.

They are trying to figure out how to disarm the device that appears to be a metal canister that may have explosive materials and shrapnel inside it, according to McLennan County sheriff Parnell McNamara.

The device does not look like the IED that was found under a bridge near Rosebud, McNamara says.

That home is on Highway 14 about two miles west of Kosse in Limestone County.  The bomb squad was at a job fair at the Extraco Events Center in Waco when they got the call about 11:30 this morning from Limestone County authorities.  They left that event and headed to the scene immediately. 

Another IED was found the first week of May in Rosebud under a bridge. That IED was found by the child of a firefighter in town. 

We will update you as soon as we get more information.

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