KEMPNER, Texas (FOX 44) – Agents from the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Bureau are investigating an explosive device found in a box of items purchased at a garage sale.
Kempner Police Chief Eddie Rodriguez met the citizen just after 8 a.m. Tuesday in the 12000 block of U.S. Highway 190. The citizen told Chief Rodriguez that a box of items was purchased at a garage sale and “became concerned with one of them.”
Bomb technicians examined the device and determined it did contain explosives. The technicians rendered the device safe and the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Bureau took it into custody.
Multiple agencies responded to the area – including the Kempner Volunteer Fire Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Lampasas County Sheriff’s Office, and Fort Hood Explosive Ordnance Disposal Teams – according to a press release.
Once the scene was determined safe, authorities allowed the roads and nearby businesses to reopen. ATF is taking over the investigation.
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