Explosive devices found in Upshur man’s residence

BUCKHANNON — One man was taken for evaluation and the investigation is ongoing into a threatened suicide call that led to the discovery of explosive devices and bomb-making materials in the man’s house.

The man’s name is being withheld pending results of the investigation into what happened Monday afternoon at 54 N. Florida Street, according to a press release from the City of Buckhannon.

The Buckhannon Police Department responded to a call at the residence for a threatened suicide involving firearms and were able to talk to talk the man into dropping his weapons and detain him until he could be transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital for evaluation.

Explosive devices and bomb-making materials were discovered in a room adjacent to the man’s bedroom and were removed from the residence by the West Virginia State Police Bomb disposal unit. The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation also responded to the scene to assist as needed, according to the press release.

The Buckhannon Police Department continues the investigation and was assisted by the West Virginia Natural Resources Police, the West Virginia State Police, the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, Upshur County Office of Emergency Management, Buckhannon Fire Department and Upshur County Emergency Medical Services.

More details will be available upon completion of the investigation, according to the press release.


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