UPDATE: Investigation into pipe bombs continues

Officials investigate discovery of bombs
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - The investigation continues into pipe bombs found in Greene County.

Greene County Chief Deputy Rick Mellow originally told Region 8 News Monday that the FBI had taken over the investigation involving the discovery of three pipe bombs one week ago in Paragould.

He later said the investigation was not turned over to the federal agency.

Mellow did say the evidence is being sent to a crime lab but he does not know if it is the state crime lab or the FBI crime lab.

Sheriff David Carter said a man on Rector Road told deputies on Aug. 22 he found the bombs at the intersection of Business 49 and Monroe Street.

Carter said the man who claimed he found the bombs handed them over in a black bag.

"They had no fuses in them or electronics, no batteries taped to them or no cell phones," Carter said.

Stable enough to relocate the bombs, Carter along with the Arkansas State Police bomb squad detonated the bombs on Greene County Road 814.

Local investigators conducted interviews, but no one has been officially charged yet.

Jamie Woods works at the Flower Shop Network on Monroe Street and recalls her first thought when hearing about the scare.

"My reaction was oh my gosh am I going to get home to my kids," she said.

Woods said she saw the chaos outside of her office window. She said several police cars were speeding down the road.

She is still shaken up about the scare and said something like this just does not seem real.

"We're like family in this community, so you don't always understand why someone would do something like that," Woods said. "I'm shocked and surprised."

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