Probationer Arrested With Makings Of Bomb

Posted: January 24, 1987

A Bucks County woman on federal probation for a firearms violation was arrested at federal court in Philadelphia yesterday after an explosive device and the makings of a time bomb were found in her purse, authorities said.

Donna L. Bullington, 35, of Morrisville, entered the lobby of the courthouse, Sixth and Market Streets, about 1:30 p.m. to visit her probation officer, according to U.S. Marshal Thomas Rapone. The woman is on five years' probation for the federal firearms violation, Rapone said.

As part of a routine procedure, Bullington placed her purse on a conveyor belt that passes beneath an X-ray machine and a metal detector. A security officer monitoring the machines detected the suspicious objects in Bullington's purse, Rapone said.

The purse was opened and found to contain what Rapone described as a ''pipe-bomb-like device" consisting of brass and copper pipe filled with gunpowder. The purse also contained wire, batteries and a pen with a small clock built into it, Rapone said.

The explosive device was removed by the police bomb squad and taken to the Police Academy, where it will be examined and detonated, Rapone said.

Bullington was arrested and charged with illegal possession of a destructive device. She was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Peter B. Scuderi and ordered held without bail pending a hearing Tuesday.

Rapone said his office was petitioning federal court to revoke Bullington's probation because of the arrest.

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