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May 1, 2013

Explosive device found on Gordon Hill

Device detonated; investigation continues

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble/Staff Writer

Corbin police and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are asking for your help after they found an explosive device early Sunday morning in the Gordon Hill neighborhood.

The incident happened around 3:16 a.m. on Chestnut Avenue.

According to Major Rob Jones of the Corbin Police Department, Police Chief David Campbell heard what appeared to be gunshots around the Chestnut Avenue — Padgett Street area, just off West Gordon Street.

While he was investigating the gunfire, Campbell saw a man dressed in dark clothes leaving the area on foot. Police officers searched the immediate area around Padgett and Chestnut and found three hand grenade fuses lashed together with parachute cord with the pins removed.

The Hazardous Device Unit of the Kentucky State Police was called to the scene along with ATF agents and an ATF bomb dog. KSP’s Hazardous Device Unit took control of the situation, advising they would detonate the makeshift device.

Jones added that KSP detectives advised Corbin Police officers that the grenade fuses would have enough power to puncture a gas tank on an automobile.

When the person or persons who did the crime are found, they’ll be charged with third-degree use of a weapon of mass destruction.

ATF Special Agents Sean Marion and Todd Tremaine are in charge of the investigation. Assisting Campbell at the scene were Sgt. Jim Miller, and patrolmen Mike Bisschop and Wade Mitchell.

If you have information regarding the explosive device, or the person or persons responsible, you’re urged to contact Corbin Police at 606-528-1122, or the ATF Hotline at 800-800-3855.

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