Florence man arrested after police detonate pipe bombs found in home

A Florence man is now behind bars charged with eight counts of bomb related charges
The explosion from the detonated pipe bomb can be seen in this image. (Source: Ken Baker)
The explosion from the detonated pipe bomb can be seen in this image. (Source: Ken Baker)
John Parker, 20, was charged on eight bomb counts. (Source: Florence County Detention Center)
John Parker, 20, was charged on eight bomb counts. (Source: Florence County Detention Center)
Police prepare to detonate the possible explosive devices. (Source: Ken Baker)
Police prepare to detonate the possible explosive devices. (Source: Ken Baker)

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – Police and SLED have detonated pipe bombs that were found in a Florence home after officers responded to a call regarding a domestic situation early Friday morning, authorities confirmed. One man has been charged in connection with the incident.

John Parker, 20, of Florence, was arrested by Florence Police and charged on eight bomb counts of possess, manufacture, transport of a destructive device or explosive, or parts for damage, injury or death.

SLED agents and Florence Police took the explosives from a home near Pickford Lane and South Cashua Drive to a safe location to detonate them, according to Major Carlos Raines with the Florence Police Department. Police blocked off Celebration Boulevard to detonate the pipe bombs, and PSA, a nearby business, was evacuated.

"The devices that were found and they were brought to a location where they could be detonated by SLED's bomb Squad," Major Carlos Raines said.

Police responded to the domestic dispute at that home at about 3 a.m. Friday. Investigators said information was given to officers at that time, which led to a search warrant being obtained. When officers searched the home they  found the devices inside.

"At that time, out of caution, we took precautionary measures and we evacuated some of the homes around that area and contacted SLED's bomb experts," Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler said.

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