August 27, 1988 |
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.
January 31, 1988 |
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.
September 6, 1989 |
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.
April 12, 1990 |
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.
December 13, 2000 |
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.
May 11, 2012 |
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.
May 8, 2002 |
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.
November 29, 1990 |
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.
July 29, 1996 |
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.
April 15, 1990 |
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.