Explosives found at Belleville home after domestic dispute

News-DemocratMay 18, 2013 

Belleville police officers responding to a domestic disturbance early Saturday morning found improvised explosive devices inside a Belleville home in the 300 block of North Fifth Street.

According to a news release, Belleville police responded to the home at 1:05 a.m. Saturday. Officers met with a witness who observed an argument between a male and a female in which the male threatened to shoot the female.

Officers located the female victim near North Fifth and West C streets. The victim, whose name was not released, told police she was involved in an argument with her boyfriend and left the residence to walk to a friend's residence. The victim observed a loud bang when she was walking down the street, according to police. No injuries were reported.

Police said officers established a perimeter around the residence and contacted the suspect via cellphone and requested he exit the residence The suspect complied and was taken into custody. He was transported to Belleville Police Headquarters. The suspect's name was not released pending formal charges.

During a sweep of the home, officers located several firearms, ammunition and what appeared to be improvised explosive devices in plain sight. Officers immediately exited and secured the residence.

Belleville police obtained a search warrant for the residence and contacted the Secretary of State Police Bomb Squad to respond. The scene was processed for evidence, and the explosive material was collected. The bomb squad then disposed of the explosives, according to police.

The incident remains under investigation.

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