Explosive device found in vacant home in Limestone County

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.


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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