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Authorities: Man Had Homemade Explosive Device Inside Home

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Authorities: Man Had Homemade Explosive Device Inside Home

By Tiffany Johnson. CREATED Aug 13, 2014

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Federal agents are investigating a Maury County man after local authorities found a homemade explosive inside his home.

The Columbia Daily Herald reported 33-year-old Patrick Birdwell was under investigation for an alleged kidnapping where he was accused of forcing a man to drive him around town at gunpoint.

During the investigation, deputies with the Maury County Sheriff’s Office learned he had been talking about the explosive device with others.

Deputies with the Maury County Sheriff’s Office then went to his home on Love Branch Road on August 4, where they found the explosive device on August 4. The paper said BBs were found in a compressed gas container with a rope fashioned as a wick.

Authorities said the BBs were meant to act as shrapnel, but said it was unclear whether the device would have worked the way Birdwell intended.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was called in to examine the device before it was deemed safe to be dismantled, the newspaper reported.

Birdwell was arrested Saturday in Summertown and charged with aggravated kidnapping, possession of a prohibited weapon and unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon.

He could face additional charges after evidence was presented to a grand jury.