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January 31, 1988 | By Marilou Regan, Special to The Inquirer
Morton Police Chief George Souder defused a live pipe bomb found in an impounded van that also contained one pound of gunpowder, a 16-gauge double- barreled shotgun and two boxes of shotgun shells. The Dodge van was involved in a chase Tuesday after the driver, John M. McNally, 23, of the first block of West Garfield Avenue, Norwood, was stopped about 3:05 p.m. for failing to heed a stop sign on Amosland Road. Souder defused the 3/4-inch-diameter pipe bomb Wednesday morning after police found it on the floor on the passenger side of the vehicle.
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August 27, 1988 | By John Way Jennings, Inquirer Staff Writer
Vandals have blown up mailboxes outside four Cherry Hill homes during the last week, and authorities said yesterday that they were searching for teenagers who were seen leaving the area after one of the explosions. Detective Sgt. Frank Harris said that he believes the damage is being done by pranksters, but that he is concerned someone will be seriously injured. "We have had kids blowing up mailboxes with cherry bombs from time to time, but nothing like this has happened before," he said.
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September 6, 1989 | By Richard V. Sabatini, Inquirer Staff Writer
One car was destroyed and two were damaged early Thursday when a pipe bomb exploded under one of the vehicles in an employee parking lot at Whitman's Chocolates, 9701 Roosevelt Blvd., police said. There were no injuries in the 1:28 a.m. explosion and fire, and no motive was known, police said. Pieces of the device, which police said was made from a 6 1/2-by-2 1/2-inch cast-iron pipe, were recovered at the scene. Investigators said the pipe bomb was placed under the rear of a 1989 Buick Regal owned by William Clark, a maintenance supervisor at the plant.
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April 12, 1990 | By Erin Kennedy, Special to The Inquirer
Montgomery Township police suspect two teenagers of setting off a homemade pipe bomb last month near Twining Road and Falling Leaf Way. Police received reports of an explosion that rattled windows about 7 p.m. March 26, but they suspected it was firecrackers since police couldn't find damage in the area. But on Monday evening, a homeowner in the area discovered that a metal end cap for a pipe had gone through a wall in his garage. Montgomery Township Detective Edward Davies said the end cap penetrated the aluminum siding and the wall structure and embedded itself in the back wall.
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December 13, 2000 | By Brian Woodward, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The U.S. Attorney's Office has filed federal weapons charges against Lee Andrew Bobo, 25, of Schuylkill Township, following a police discovery of a pipe bomb and other bomb-making materials at his home on Nov. 27, officials said yesterday. This is the seventh incident involving pipe bombs near the border of Schuylkill and East Pikeland Townships and Phoenixville in Chester County. Investigators would not say whether Bobo was a suspect in the other bomb incidents. "We are still investigating," said Darrell O'Connor, a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
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May 11, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A man suspected of making three pipe bombs was arrested Thursday in Bucks County. John Grzyminski, 50, was taken into custody after a Solebury Township police officer spotted his black pickup truck. Grzyminski was charged with multiple counts of risking catastrophe and unlawful possession or manufacture of weapons of mass destruction, and other offenses. Wednesday afternoon, his mother called authorities after finding a pipe bomb in the kitchen of her home in the 1800 block of Saddle Drive in Warrington.
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May 8, 2002 | Written by staff writer Dan D. Wiggs based on truth, justice, the American way and Daily News wire services. Send insults to dwiggs@phillynews.com
A note to readers in the Chester County area: If you find a cylindrical object in your mailbox, and if you've been keeping up with the news, you might think: Oh geez! A pipe bomb! Run away! It could be. Or it just might be a promotional mailer from Coley Pontiac Buick/GMC of Exton. On Monday, a resident in Westtown Township called police after finding such an object in the mail. After all, dozens of pipe bombs have been found in mailboxes in the Midwest. The FBI has even identified a person they want to "talk to. " But the recent case was not quite as dramatic.
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November 29, 1990 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hundreds of court personnel, lawyers and jurors were forced to evacuate a section of City Hall about 3 p.m. yesterday after maintenance workers found a bomb in a storage room. Sgt. William Blackman of the Police Department's ordnance disposal unit said the device was at least partially detonated late yesterday after being taken safely to the bomb disposal area near the Police Academy. "It was a live device," Blackman said, adding that further testing would be done today in an attempt to identify the type and age of the explosive.
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July 29, 1996 | by Marisol Bello, Daily News Staff Writer
Type in: "Pipe Bomb. " That's about as hard as it gets if you're looking for information about pipe bombs on the Internet. The Olympic bomber only needed access to a computer to pull up detailed instructions about making such a device. It's information readily available in a public library, but in Cyberspace, it's available in seconds. And with more ease, even for inexperienced Net surfers. And it's there for anyone, including children. Several Delaware County teen-agers were recently arrested in Penncrest High School in Middletown Township when they were found stealing chemicals to make an explosive.
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April 15, 1990 | By John Way Jennings, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the third time in less than a week, a pipe bomb exploded in an East Camden residential neighborhood yesterday. No injuries were reported after the blast on the doorstep of a rowhouse about 2 a.m. The blast was in the same block in which a car was destroyed by a pipe bomb early Friday. Investigators said the house that was damaged yesterday was probably targeted by mistake. No arrests were made in the latest case, and Camden police were not available to discuss the bombing.
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August 3, 2014 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Staff Writer
Never put a gun on the stage, advised the Russian writer Anton Chekhov, unless you intend to have it go off during the play. He could have added: Never put a theater prop designed to look like a pipe bomb in a Dumpster - especially if it's near the controversial Goldtex apartments - unless you want to attract the full force of the city's Homeland Security unit. That was the lesson Bayla Rubin, of the Philadelphia theater troupe Applied Mechanics, learned Friday morning after a phalanx of police, firefighters, and ambulances descended on 12th and Wood Streets in response to a report of a bomb in a vacant lot across from Goldtex, scene of bitter months-long union protests in 2012.
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October 20, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NORTHEAST PHILA. It had been three months since Michael Beer moved out of his mother's Oxford Circle basement, and Cecilia Beer was going through some of the boxes he had left behind in a corner. That, she told police, was when she saw the pipe bombs Thursday morning. By noon, the Bomb Squad and a host of local, state, and federal officers had descended on Beer's rowhouse on the 6100 block of Shisler Street and recovered six pipe bombs. By Thursday night, Michael Beer was in custody and facing a federal charge that carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
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October 19, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
Update: Authorities have arrested Michael Beer in connection with the pipe bombs. He is the son of the woman who reported finding the devices. Earlier Story NORTHEAST PHILA. Hours after the bomb squad left, neighbors lingered at Shisler and Benner Streets in Oxford Circle on Thursday, pointing at the caution tape still draped across the alley. Most had just returned home after police had ordered them out, a precaution after six pipe bombs were found in a house on the 6100 block of Shisler.
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March 17, 2013
A 31-YEAR-OLD Port Richmond man was held on $3 million bail Friday after police who were serving a drug warrant at his house discovered what appeared to be pipe bombs inside. Cops found the explosives early Thursday morning at the house, on Thompson Street near Huntingdon, and arrested Nicholas Suozzo, the District Attorney's Office said. The bomb squad was called to clear the house and remove the devices, authorities said. He's facing a slew of charges, including possessing weapons of mass destruction, possession of an offensive weapon, risking catastrophe and drug possession.
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March 10, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer and Chris Palmer and Frank Kummer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS PHILLY.COM
The curious case of Istvan Merchenthaler has gotten odder still. The 42-year-old Chester County man, who allegedly stole more than $2 million from about 200 investors in a Ponzi scheme, has now been linked to 60 pipe bombs discovered Thursday in a storage locker in Malvern. The locker, at a facility on Lancaster Avenue, was rented by Merchenthaler, authorities said. The bombs were crafted out of 12-inch-long sections of PVC piping capped at both ends, officials said. They were in a foot-locker-size container.
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March 8, 2013 | By Darran Simon, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A municipal court clerk spotted a suspicious device in an elevator at Lawnside Borough hall this morning with the town mayor's name attached to it, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said. The device, described as a plastic bag with flares attached to it that resembled a pipe bomb, turned out to be fake, the FBI said. "It contained no explosives," said Carrie Adamowski, a spokeswoman with the FBI's Philadelphia office, which is leading the investigation. But, she said, "it appeared that someone put some time into it and was hoping to make it look legit.
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January 6, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Warrington man who pleaded guilty in September to illegal possession of three pipe bombs was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia to 30 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. John Grzyminski, 50, had faced a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. He was arrested May 10 in a traffic stop by Solebury Township police after his mother, Catherine Wilson, called police to their home on Saddle Drive. On May 9, she had returned home after surgery to find that Grzyminski had removed the wheelchair-access ramp, an affidavit filed in May in federal court stated.
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January 5, 2013 | By Frank Kummer, Breaking News Staff
A Warrington, Bucks County, man was sentenced to 30 months in prison today for illegally possessing an explosive device in the form of a pipe bomb. John Grzyminski, 50, pleaded guilty in federal court in September to making bombs over a number of years. His arrest stemmed from his mother's call to police on May 9, 2012, saying felt threatened when she found a pipe bomb on a kitchen counter after an argument with her son. Nearby homes were evacuated when authorities moved in to search the home.
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