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Officials find explosives in safe at Villages at Garst Creek

Published: Aug. 31, 2020 at 4:34 PM EDT
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ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - UPDATE: Officials say what was uncovered was not dynamite, but rather explosives that could have been cobbled together from fireworks. Investigators believe someone could have been trying to put those together with other materials that were found in the safe to make a bomb.

The intent is still unclear. There is no present threat to the public, according to police.

UPDATE: According to Roanoke Co. Police, maintenance staff found a safe around 2 p.m. Monday and moved it to a facility where they identified something suspicious about the item.

Roanoke County Police arrived and called Virginia State Police bomb technicians to assist. The safe was x-rayed and was shown to include three sticks of dynamite and other IED explosives.

Police don’t know the origins of the safe.

Crews are working to neutralize the devices.

Stay with WDBJ7 for developments.

EARLIER: State Police and ATF are en route to the Villages at Garst Creek apartments in Roanoke County to assist after a suspicious device was found.

According to Roanoke County Police, nearby units were evacuated out of an abundance of caution.

Stay with WDBJ7 for developments.

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