The Federal Bureau of Instigation has $10,000 cash in the form of a reward for anyone who knows anything about “numerous homemade explosive devices” found along a single street in a tiny North Carolina hamlet.
At least five devices
According to the FBI, “at least five homemade explosive devices have been found along Wood Street in Gibsonville, North Carolina, since January 22, 2021.”
The locals were already on edge. “Residents have also reported hearing explosions for the last several months.”
There are more questions than answers about the mysterious explosives, especially why someone would leave a bunch of bombs laying around.
“The FBI is extremely concerned someone is reckless enough to build these devices and careless enough to leave them lying around a neighborhood for anyone to find.” There is no word as to why they didn’t detonate.
Robert Wells, who’s the special agent in charge of the Charlotte field office notes the bureau is “grateful no one has been hurt and committed to finding out who is responsible.”
Anyone who finds more suspicious devices should step away and call 911. The last thing you want to do is touch, poke, or pick it up. “This is a neighborhood with young families, kids riding bikes and walking and scooters everywhere,” one resident relates. “I’d rather be safe than sorry.”
Claiming the reward
If you have information about the devices to share with the authorities then the FBI is asking you to reach out to the Charlotte field office or Gibsonville Police Department.
Local residents are still nervous. On Sunday, the Burlington neighborhood had quite a scare. People were evacuated from their homes while the Greensboro Police Department’s bomb squad got a closer look.
Police were forced to shut down both Nire Valley Drive and Dunleigh Road in the Waterford Community because of a whole string of devices littering the local landscape. The Gibsonville police have been aware of a person leaving suspicious devices for a while.
Karen Chasnis never expected to see the bomb squad on her block. “People definitely have a heightened awareness” now, she notes. She was taking her daughters for a walk when “police told her not to go any further.”
The Burlington police first learned of a suspicious blinking object on Nire Valley Drive near the Waterford Lake bridge. Faryl Podolle was casually walking by just as officers rolled up to alert him of the explosive devices lurking ahead. “On the loud speaker, they just said ‘please do not go across the bridge,'” He didn’t know why.
“I thought maybe it was the water because of the rain or something.” Unlike the other devices found scattered around the vicinity recently this was a decoy. “After more than an hour investigating,” the bomb squad “determined it was a rechargeable battery pack.”