Posted: Nov 14, 2012 4:51 PM by Lacey Steele
Updated: Nov 14, 2012 8:12 PM
Tense moments in a Pueblo West neighborhood today.
This all happened in the 300 block of Karval where seven homes had to be evacuated, and nearby Liberty Point Elementary School was locked down for several hours.
Sheriff's deputies discovered two improvised explosive devices at a home, with the resident facing possible criminal charges.
A tip about an IED led to an investigation at the home where Anthony Heptig, 45, lived with his mother.
He was arrested Tuesday night for contempt of court.
"For a couple no-bond warrants unrelated to the IED, so he is currently being incarcerated within the Pueblo County Jail," said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor.
The bomb squad was able to move in, find the device in the garage, and take it safely out of the home.
They also found and removed a smaller IED.
Witnesses say Heptig had experimented in the past with fireworks.
"Some of the information we were able to ascertain from the witnesses was that this is probably the biggest one he's built so far," said Sheriff Taylor.
Witnesses add they were afraid it would be big enough to destroy a city block, but that's something the sheriff says has to be investigated.
Evacuations and shelter in place at the school were both lifted around 1:30 when the investigation at the house wrapped up.
The sheriff says unfortunately knowledge to build explosives can be easily found, which means they take every tip about them seriously.
"We have to do a lot of work, intelligence and otherwise, to make sure we keep the community safe," said Sheriff Taylor.
The IED's will now be examined closely by the bomb squad and destroyed.
At this point, no charges are pending against Heptig for the IED until the case is investigated further.
Students at Liberty Point Elementary were able to leave on time today.
Sheriff Taylor says the "shelter in place" was a precaution because of how close the school is to Karval.