The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a reward for actionable intelligence on several homemade bombs that have turned up in Gibsonville over the past several weeks.
According to the FBI, at least five homemade explosives have surfaced along Gibsonville’s Wood Street since January 22. The federal agency believes that similar bombs may be linked to explosions that area residents have reported hearing for the past several months.
In order to track down the source of these incendiary devices, the FBI has announced a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in this case. This reward is in addition to $1,000 already being offered by Gibsonville and an additional $1,000 offered by the Alamance County sheriff’s office.
“The FBI is extremely concerned someone is reckless enough to build these devices,” Robert R. Wells, the special agent in charge of the bureau’s Charlotte office, declared in a news release Tuesday. “We are grateful no one has been hurt and [are] committed to finding out who is responsible. We hope the community will help us resolve this dangerous situation.”
The FBI urges anyone with relevant information to call its Charlotte office at 704-672-6100 or to contact Gibsonville’s police force at 336-449-6677. The bureau also advises anyone who spots a suspicious device to contact the proper authorities rather than attempt to handle it on their own.
An area resident who took this suggestion to heart recently triggered a bomb scare in Burlington, which ultimately fizzled when the sinister contraption turned out to be nothing more than a discarded battery pack.
According to Burlington’s police department, this short-lived panic erupted at about 10:45 a.m. on Friday when officers responded to a call about a “suspicious device” along the 4200 block of Nire Valley Drive.
The caller who reported the suspected explosive apparently described it as “a small black box” with a “blinking red light” and “wires coming out of it.” The item’s appearance proved troubling enough for the police department to call in Greensboro’s bomb squad, which determined the mystery gadget to be a harmless rechargeable battery pack.
According to Burlington’s police department, the intersection of Nire Valley and Dunleigh drives remained cordoned off for roughly two hours before the department’s officers got the all clear from the bomb squad.