Sussex man arrested after search finds homemade bombs

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Sussex man arrested after search finds homemade bombs

CREATED Oct. 24, 2013 - UPDATED: Oct. 24, 2013

SUSSEX - A Sussex man is in custody, and authorities now believe the devices found in his home posed a credible threat.

Two explosive devices found in a Sussex home were neutralized by the Milwaukee County bomb squad Thursday.

“The devices that we found, according to the bomb squad, were devices that were explosive in nature," explains Inspector Eric Severson. "They were homemade devices.”

Severson says this all started Wednesday with a tip that a man living in the apartment complex was making bombs in his home. They arrested him, got a search warrant, and went to work. Eshauna Rowsey lives in the complex and was kept away when she came home from school.

“They told us we couldn’t go back there and so I just went to a friend’s.”

One of her friends, Nathan Blair’s bus was stopped by an officer who hopped on and asked everyone who lived on the street to get off.

“It was creepy.”

Once Nathan got home, his parents were keeping a close eye on the situation.

“My wife sat and watched the television and gave us reports as I sat out here to watch any activity," says Paul Blair.

Activity that isn’t over yet.

“While we’ve ascertained that the residence doesn’t contain any other dangerous devices, we still have to search for other evidence, so that’s going to be ongoing," explains Inspector Severson.

Authorities are not releasing the man’s name because he hasn’t been charged yet. That could happen as early as Thursday. For now, he’s in custody and being questioned.