Cleveland Bomb Squad has seen an increase in calls | News
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO)- Five men are sitting in jail Wednesday with no chance of getting out until a hearing next week.
The group of males are accused of plotting to blow up a bridge on Route 82 in Brecksville, Ohio.
The bomb plot was a huge flop, thanks to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) who infiltrated the group and sold them fake explosives.
The Cleveland Bomb Squad tells 19 Action News they've seen an increase in calls.
Cleveland has seized everything from old military shells to regular explosives and dangerous homemade devices.
Many of the devices are being seized at schools. "One of the students had created this with a pill bottle, filling it with an accelerant, black powder and a connecting detonating instrument" says Sgt. Doug Campion of the Cleveland Bomb Squad.
The Cleveland Bomb Squad has bomb sniffing dogs, big trucks, heavy equipment and a robot. All instruments used for handling explosives. The Cleveland Bomb Squad says they've had an increase in calls. "I think we;'re seeing quite a bite more. Our officers and the public are more in tune with spotting and reporting these items" says Sgt. Campion
A good number of bomb squad calls turn out to be false alarms. Then again, you can never tell. The Cleveland Bomb Squad even takes a look at contraptions tied to timers, In at least one case, the timer stopped minutes before an explosion.
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