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Posted: July 24, 2007 5:55 p.m.
Updated: August 10, 2007 5:00 a.m.
    Two men arrested on charges of making pipe bombs won't talk about reasons why they did so, said Candler County Chief Investigator Melvin Ivey.
    Guyton Crosby, 62, Williams Cemetery Road, and Ty Lewis Nelson, 45, Laurel Oaks Court, Savannah, each turned themselves in after Ivey contacted them regarding five explosive devices found in an abandoned shack near the intersection of Lamb  and Williams Cemetery roads, he said.
    Although the men turned themselves in to law enforcement Friday, "they declined to answer any questions," he said.
    Ivey said he did not know whether either man has a criminal history. Searches on the Georgia Department of Corrections web site revealed no record of either man having served time n a Georgia state penitentiary.
    The pipe bombs were found July 11 when a group of juveniles plundering around the abandoned house picked one up and took it home, Ivey said.
    Parents recognized the home-made explosive for what it was and called the Candler County Sheriff's Department. Deputy Jesse Kersey responded to the scene where the pipe bomb was found, and located four more, with one "under construction," he said.
    Ivey was called to investigate and promptly called the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Bomb Disposal unit to render the explosives safe.
     He would not comment upon specifics of what was found inside the house, and would not confirm reports that materials for more explosive devices such as gun powder, nails, screws, and broken glass were found as well, citing the ongoing investigation as his reason.
    However, the Metter Advertiser reported Ivey said at least one of the explosives contained “a type of gunpowder and metal BBs for shrapnel.”
    "There were several items found in the house," he told the Statesboro Herald. "The kid found the place, and picked up an item and brought it home. The parents saw it and knew something wasn't right."
    Ivey said Crosby and Nelson were each charged with possession of and manufacturing explosive devices, then released on bond.
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