Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2 Suspected Bombs Found in Glynn; Authorities Probe Unrelated Cases

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2 Suspected Bombs Found in Glynn; Authorities Probe Unrelated Cases

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Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer

BRUNSWICK -- Authorities are investigating a suspected pipe bomb and a suspected firebomb found overnight at two homes.

The two cases are not thought to be related, police said. No arrests have been made.

Police officers found the suspected pipe bomb as they searched for drugs at a mobile home at 108 Pinewood Road.

The second case centers on an incendiary device someone left on the front porch of 1417 Martin Luther King Blvd. in Brunswick.

The Glynn-Brunswick Narcotics Enforcement Team was executing a search warrant at the Pinewood Road home of Michael Browning, 45, when team members discovered what appeared to be a homemade explosive device, said Scott Trautz, director of Glynn County Emergency Management.

Browning was already in custody on drug and cruelty-to-animals charges, Trautz said.

The officers evacuated all homes within 1,000 feet of Browning's mobile home as the Chatham County Police Department Bomb Squad, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Bomb Disposal Unit and a Georgia State Patrol bomb technician came to disable the device, Trautz said.

Agents for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms seized parts of the device as evidence and the components were being analyzed, said Aladino Ortiz, acting special agent in charge of the ATF's Savannah field office.

"We don't know the actual components,'' Ortiz said of the suspected explosives contained inside PVC pipe.

Officers resumed their search of the residence and found more explosive materials, an assortment of guns and suspected drugs, Trautz said.

Browning was being held in the Glynn County jail on felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor charges of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and cruelty to animals, the Glynn County Sheriff's Office said.

It all made for a long night for Browning's neighbors, who were ordered from their homes just after 8 p. …

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