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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

November 4, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A scare in Leesburg Tuesday morning when a homemade explosive device was found near a business.

Employees at South Georgia Heating and Cooling heard a bang, then found a plastic bottle filled with chemicals outside their business on Magnolia Street.

Now, a 16 year old is facing charges and perhaps of even greater concern, police found other similar bombs at the teen's home.

"It was a loud boom," said Shane Parsons who owns South Georgia Heating and Cooling on Magnolia Street in Leesburg.   He was describing what he heard just after 10 Tuesday morning, outside his business. He said, "We walked around the edge of the building to see where it come from and we smelled a pungent smell."

Parsons also saw a plastic bottle, wrapped with aluminum. So he called police. "I just wasn't sure what it was and I wanted somebody to check it."

Leesburg Police called in the GBI bomb squad which brought in a robot to check the device and make sure it couldn't further detonate. A 16 year old was arrested, his pockets loaded with some sort of cleaning chemical, which investigators suspect he used to make the bomb.

An apparent prank that police aren't laughing about. Chief Charles Moore said, "What if a kid would have come by and picked it up?" asked police Chief Charles Moore. "Stuff like this can be serious. Even if somebody may be playing around, it can still be a serious offense."

Police found other similar bombs at the teen's home. He has now been charged with four counts of manufacturing an explosive device and is being taken to a youth detention center.

Traffic was blocked off from at section of Magnolia Street for about four hours. A couple of years ago, two Smithville teens blew up a bathroom at their home making a device similar to the one found today.

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