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September 13, 2007
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Utah police fear children touched bombs in a field

By Ben Winslow
Deseret Morning News 

ROY, Utah Police fear that children may have picked up dozens of pipe bombs dumped in a field behind a convenience store.

Some of the bombs were discovered Tuesday after the arrest of a wanted burglar led police to another man they say made dozens of explosive devices that were dumped at a Layton carwash and here in this Weber County suburb.

"The suspect said he'd left 14 to 30 bombs at the Maverik," said Roy Police Sgt. Danny Hammon. "We've only located four of them."

On Tuesday, 10 police officers spread out in a line and walked slowly through an alfalfa field behind the Maverik store at 5600 West and 3500 South. They would bend over and run their hands through the grass, trying to find any more bombs.

Bomb-sniffing dogs searched lockers at nearby Roy Junior High School, and fliers warning of the explosive devices were distributed to other area schools. Police said they feared schoolchildren cutting through the field could have picked up the devices, which are made mostly of PVC pipe with a coil fuse.

"A kid might pick one up and take it home," said Roy Police Capt. Tim Jensen. "We really need the help of the public here."

Last week, nearly 40 pipe bombs and rocket bombs were discovered inside a trash can at a Layton carwash. Bomb squads from three police agencies spent nearly 12 hours investigating and then disposing of the devices.

Layton police arrested a man Monday night in connection with a series of storage unit burglaries. It was then, detectives said, that Curtis Beeman admitted to dumping the bombs at the carwash and in the Roy field.

"He was just trying to get rid of them," said Layton Police Sgt. Mark Chatlin.

Bomb squads detonated four devices found in the field Monday night. No other devices have been found there, officers said.

Under questioning, police said, Beeman, 30, of Syracuse, admitted he took the bombs out of a storage unit in Clearfield. Police served a search warrant on the storage unit and tracked down the man renting it, Raymond Bradley Parr, 47, of West Point.

"We're not sure why he was making the bombs whether it was as a hobby or what," Chatlin said.

Police were unsure of any motive for the bombmaking. Detectives said Parr has no previous criminal history and no known affiliations with any extremist groups.

"It doesn't look to me like the sort of thing designed to hurt anybody," Jensen said. "It may be a guy who likes to make his own fireworks."

Beeman was booked into the Davis County Jail on investigation of burglary and possession of an explosive device. Parr was booked Tuesday morning on possession of an explosive device. He posted $10,000 bail and was released.

Copyright 2007 Deseret Morning News

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