Law enforcement discovered an “extremely dangerous” improvised explosive device (IED) beneath a bridge near Farm to Market 1963 in Rosebud, Texas, a small community located about 40 miles southeast of Waco, according to reports. The device was designed to hurt people, as it would have shot out shrapnel if it had exploded.
Police learned of the device when two teens hunting for rabbits came across it, noticing what appeared to be “suspicious items,” reports KCEN-TV. The boys told their parents, one of whom happens to be a former member of the military.
The fire department and the McLennan County Bomb Squad were called to the scene at about 10:00 p.m. Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives arrived shortly after.
“The MCSO bomb squad was able to x-ray three ‘suspicious devices’ which included a plastic bottle wrapped in duct tape, a fuse-type detonator device, and a cooler. X-rays revealed there were shotgun shells and an unidentified liquid inside the bottle.
“The bomb squad and ATF agent on scene determined the device was an IED designed to blow shrapnel. Officials breached the IED by spraying it with a ‘water cannon’ to disable the device and determine the liquid inside. The liquid inside of the bottle was determined to be flammable and was sent to a laboratory for further testing.”
Sheriff Parnell McNamara determined that the packages were capable of exploding. “Someone had made this to create lots of damage and harm,” he said.
Law enforcement has not yet identified any suspects.