TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

May 3, 2013

Federal agents now handling explosive device case


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

The case involving an explosive device found in a Corbin neighborhood Sunday has been turned over to the ATF — the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Both the ATF and Corbin Police confirmed the information Thursday.

George Huffman, the public affairs officer for the ATF’s Louisville office, said, “The ATF is involved in the investigation, and it is an ongoing investigation.”

It stems from an incident that happened Sunday morning around 3:16 a.m. in the Gordon Hill neighborhood of Corbin. It began when Corbin police Chief David Campbell heard what appeared to be gunshots around the area of Chestnut Avenue and Padgett Street, just off West Gordon Street.

A report from Corbin Police said that while Campbell was investigating the gunfire, he saw a man dressed in dark clothes leaving the scene. When officers searched the area around Chestnut and Padgett, they found three hand grenade fuses lashed together with parachute cord and the pins removed.

ATF agents, an ATF bomb dog, and the Hazardous Device Unit of the Kentucky State Police were called to the scene, with the hazardous device unit taking control of the situation and advising they would detonate the makeshift device.

Those involved in the incident could be charged with third-degree use of a weapon of mass destruction.

You can call the ATF Hotline at 800-800-3855 if you have information about the explosive device or the person or persons responsible.