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Explosives found in Valle mini storage area

VALLE, Ariz. - Two pipe bombs, along with other explosives, were found in a Valle mini storage unit Aug 21.

Coconino County Sheriff's Dispatchers received a call from a person who reported finding multiple improvised explosive devices in a mini storage unit located in Valle. On arrival, deputies learned that the reporting party had been asked to clean out the mini storage unit. As he was doing so, he found what he believed to be improvised explosive devices. Deputies identified what they believed to be two pipe bombs.

Flagstaff Police Department Explosive Device Response Team responded to the scene. While bomb technicians were in the process of rendering the explosive devices safe, one of the pipe bombs detonated, however no one was injured.

Coconino County Sheriff's Detectives, with the assistance of the Flagstaff Police Department Explosive Device Response Team, Explosive Device Technicians from the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms served a search warrant on the mini storage unit. The investigators found numerous explosive items to include pipe bombs, improvised explosive devices, shot gun shells with a fuse attached to the primer and other items.

At this point, investigators have information that the adult male responsible for these devices is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence in New York for charges related to unlawful possession of explosive devices and firearms on an unrelated incident. The investigation involving the devices found at the Valle mini storage unit is still ongoing and no charges have been filed at this time. The suspect's identity is being withheld pending the continued investigation and filing of official charges.

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