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Bomb found in garage by new renter

Published On: Jan 20 2013 09:48:27 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 20 2013 10:15:42 PM CST

A Colorado Springs couple moved into their home on Friday, but their first weekend there was far from what they expected. It included a visit from the Colorado Springs Regional Explosive Unit.

Joe Connelly and his girlfriend are renting a home on the 800 block of Las Animas Street. Sunday morning Connelly was moving things around in the garage when he found what looked like a homemade explosive device. Connelly described it as a four to six inch plastic tube with a dark-colored substance inside and a two inch fuse coming out of it. Connelly called police. When the bomb squad arrived, they used a robot to fire off the bomb. They later determined it was a homemade explosive device. Despite Sunday's ordeal, Connelly says he has no plans to move.

"I feel safe here. Absolutely, you know. I just think whatever the previous owners have some explaining to do, or the previous residents rather have some explaining to do," Connelly said.

No neighbors were forced to evacuate their homes. Police said the bomb inside the garage wasn't big enough to warrant it.

Police have not made any arrests in this case.


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