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UPDATE: Pipe Bomb Discovered at Meigs County Home

By: Brooks Jarosz Email
By: Brooks Jarosz Email

UPDATE 4/29/13 @ 6 p.m.
MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Julia Ward is trying to come to grips with what happened at her house during the weekend.

“It's hard to believe,” Ward said. “And I don't know his reasoning for it. I just don't understand it.”

Her son went into a shed belonging to her ex-husband Willie and found a pipe bomb.

“I was surprised to find it ... Then I walked toward the house up there, and I yelled at mom and she said, 'Put that down!' ” Todd Ward said.

The sheriff’s office called in the bomb squad from Columbus.

“They told us to stay away from it and get in the road,” Todd Ward said.

They took the bomb a few hundred yards away and detonated it, leaving behind a massive crater.

“If you would've had that by the propane tanks, we would've been done,” Todd Ward said.

The sheriff says the bomb was ready to go. All it needed was a power source -- something as small as a 9-volt battery -- and this story would've had a completely different ending.

“He would've only had to have ignited it,” Sheriff Keith Wood said. “It had the fuse there that went into a primer to set the powder off to detonate into that pressure. No different than a shotgun shell. A big shotgun shell that would've gone off to explode.”

“We would not be here,” Julia Ward said. “It was so close to the house. We would not be here. We would be dead.”

Julia fears the pipe bomb was meant for her.

“It's sad,” Julia said. “It's sad to have to live in fear. Constantly.”

“I love him, I still love him, but I can't have him back,” Todd Ward said.

Now, Julia and Todd are worried if he gets out of jail, things will get worse.

“I only get like three hours of sleep,” Todd Ward said. “I'm trying to protect mom.”

“I'm not ready to go,” Julia Ward said. “And my son's not ready to go.”



ORIGINAL STORY 4/28/13 @ 10:45 p.m.
MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- An elderly man is under arrest in connection with a pipe bomb that was found at a home in Meigs County.

Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood says deputies got a call from a woman who said her son found the device in a building that was being cleaned about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The women said after finding the device, her son placed it in the yard.

Deputies responded to the home along Stanford Davis Road and secured the scene until a bomb squad from Columbus arrived. The bomb squad determined it was a pipe bomb and then detonated it.

The Sheriff says Willie Ward, 73, of Langsville, was arrested at a home in Gallia County. Deputies say Ward was an ex-boyfriend of the woman who called about the device.

Ward is charged with illegal manufacturing of explosives and illegal possession of a dangerous ordinance. He was taken to the Middleport Jail.

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