Sheriff: "suspicious device" possibly fireworks


PASCO COUNTY, Fla. -- After investigating, federal agencies determined the object found at Collier and SR-54 in Land O Lakes appears to be fireworks.

Police classified it as a destructive device because the inside of the cylinder contained several mortar shells (fireworks) and could be harmful if detonated near a person.

The device was not commercially made but they have not been able to do further testing because it was too wet.  After the device dries out, the object will be send in for further testing but preliminarily. Police say it appears to have been made by someone with little to no experience/knowledge in explosives.



PREVIOUS: Pasco County Sheriff's Office is searching for more information on a homemade bomb that was discovered near the intersection of Collier Parkway and Roderick Drive on September 7.

The suspicious device was safely removed away from the scene and there were no reported injuries. Detectives determined it to be incendiary and destructive in nature.

The bomb was not located in the roadway, but off to the side of the road. There are no leads on whom left the device.

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s) related to this incident. Leave an anonymous tip to become eligible for the reward at 800-873-8477(TIPS), report online or submit a tip through the P3 Tips mobile app.


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