Phoenix Cops Bust Pot Dealer at His Home, Find Bomb That Could "Level the Entire Residence"

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An unspectacular bust of a low-level pot dealer in North Phoenix got pretty spectacular after police found a powerful bomb at the house.

Phoenix police were serving a warrant at the home of the alleged weed salesman, 21-year-old Todd Robertson, when officers found the device that bomb technicians said "would 'level' the entire residence," according to court documents obtained by New Times.

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Tempe Teen Joshua Prater Busted With an IED Thanks to Cleaning Lady, Cops Say

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Joshua Prater
A woman cleaning a house in Tempe stumbled upon a teenager's improvised explosive device yesterday.

Joshua Prater, an 18-year-old senior at Marcos de Niza High School, told police yesterday that he built the device when he was 10 years old, and said he didn't know it was filled with explosive powder, according to court documents obtained by New Times.

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Scavenger Hunt in the Desert for Grenades and C-4 Ends; Owner of Explosives Still Unknown

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The ammo boxes stashed in the desert.
Authorities' scavenger hunt for guns, ammo, grenades, and "high explosives" that were poorly hidden in the the desert near State Route 87 has come to an end.

Between the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, ATF, and FBI, seven ammo cans were recovered, each containing a cache of explosives or a firearm.

See also:
-Hikers Find Gun, Grenades, and "Possible C-4 Explosives" in Desert, Along With Map to More


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Hikers Find Gun, Grenades, and "Possible C-4 Explosives" in Desert, Along With Map to More

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Attention: if you hid your guns, ammo, grenades, and "high explosives" in the desert near State Route 87, you're not very good at hiding things.

Hikers found the aforementioned items in the past couple of days, and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and a pair of federal agencies are now utilizing a map and notes found alongside these items on their scavenger hunt for more caches of weapons in the desert.

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Phoenix Man Loads U-Haul Truck Full of Stuff, Drives a Few Blocks, U-Haul Explodes

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via twitter.com/LarryGale
See ya.
Imagine putting just about everything you own in a U-Haul truck to move out-of-state, and just a few blocks after saying goodbye to the old house, the truck explodes.

That's what happened in the area of 51st Avenue and Loop 101 this morning, and the driver's stuff went just about everywhere.

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Gary Vogt Identified as Glendale House Bomber; He Was Angry With School District, Feds Say

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See also: ATF, Glendale P.D. Trying to Find Out Who Bombed a House for the Third Time

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Allegedly Gary Vogt, allegedly planting bombs.
Gary Vogt, 50, was arrested this morning by Glendale police and ATF agents, and is accused of being the guy who bombed the same Glendale house three times.

Vogt's possible motivation, according to documents filed in federal court, was that Vogt was "unhappy" with the man who lived in the house, Richard Gray, who holds a position in the Deer Valley Unified School District.

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ATF, Glendale Police Trying to Figure Out Who Bombed a House -- for the Third Time

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It's this guy.
The Glendale Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are currently trying to figure out who bombed a Glendale home for the third friggin' time.

The bomb -- which the ATF is calling an improvised explosive device -- exploded in the driveway of the house yesterday morning, after it was placed between the residents' cars.

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TSA Finds Water Filter in Luggage at Sky Harbor, Says It "Looks Like a Pipe Bomb"

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Not a bomb.
Go ahead and add water filters to the things you're not supposed to bring to the airport.

The Transportation Security Administration's review of all the good things it did last week includes an interesting bit about a Phoenix passenger's water filter -- between tales of someone trying to hide weed in a peanut butter jar "yet again," and a passenger asking a TSA agent to help them get a bomb onto the plane.

Accoring to the TSA, you may want to leave those water filters at home, because this is the third or fourth time they've seen one, and it just "looks like a pipe bomb."

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ATF Offering $10,000 to Anyone Who Gives Up the Guy Turning Flashlights Into IEDs

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Flashlights that look like this have gone "boom."
If you know the guy who decided to turn flashlights into IEDs that blow up when people try to turn them on, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering $10,000 for you to give him up.

Three of these devices have been found in the last three weeks, and have caused plenty of flashlight-related scares since.

Glendale police alerted everyone of the first two, after two residents found regular yellow handheld flashlights laying around outside, and both flashlights exploded when they tried to turn them on.

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Flashlight Bomber Possibly Responsible for Third Device, Donated to Phoenix Salvation Army

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The exploding flashlights, including the one found in Phoenix yesterday, look like this.
The dolt dropping off improvised explosive devices around Glendale in the form of flashlights may have delivered his third yesterday -- this time in Phoenix.

Someone dropped a flashlight in the donations at a Salvation Army in Phoenix yesterday, and when an employee clicked it on, it blew up.

Phoenix police say two employees were hurt, but they sustained only "very minor injuries."

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