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Pipe bombs found in Candler
Teens plunder old house, find explosives
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Teenagers plundering an abandoned house in Candler County found a handful of pipe bombs, and charges are pending in the case, said Candler County Sheriff's Investigator Melvin Ivey.
    Georgia Bureau of Investigation Bomb Disposal agents rendered "four live pipe bombs and a fifth one that was under construction" safe, said GBI Special Agent-in-Charge J. B. Edwards.
    Ivey said four "possible juveniles"  were "playing in  the woods and came up on an old dilapidated house" near the intersection of Lamb and William Cemetery Road when they made the discovery.
    The case remains under investigation and Ivey said he was unsure of the ages of the four involved in the discovery.
    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.
    "There were several items found in the house," he said. "The kid found the place, and picked up an item and brought it home. The parents saw it and knew something wasn't right."
    The adults called the Candler County Sheriff's Department and Deputy Jesse Kersey responded, Ivey said. What he found "looked like a destructive device ... a pipe bomb."
    Ivey contacted the GBI's Statesboro office immediately, and after he obtained a search warrant, he and GBI bomb unit agents searched the house and discovered "four more (pipe bombs)," he said.
    Ivey said while he is heading the investigation, the GBI Bomb Disposal Unit "handled the scene" where the explosives were found.
    Charges are pending, but Ivey declined to identify any suspect's identities Monday, stating again that he would not release additional information due to the case's current status.
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