Explosive device found outside police chief's home

CORBIN, Ky. (WKYT) - It was a scary situation in Corbin when police found an explosive device outside the home of their chief.

Investigators are still trying to determine who placed the explosive near the Corbin police chief's home and if that person intended to harm him.

Early Sunday morning, Corbin Police Chief David Campbell was startled from his sleep after hearing what sounded like gunshots outside his home near Gordon Hill Pike.

After stepping outside, Campbell spotted a man acting suspicious and he immediately sprang into action.

“Down at the end of his fence, there was a man standing in dark clothing so the chief started to chase him. The guy threw something down on the ground and took off. After the chief chased him for a minute, he looked at what he threw down and it was actually three devices tied together with a power cord,” said Major Rob Jones with the Corbin Police Department.

Major Jones says the device was made of hand grenades with the pins removed and the fuses tied together with parachute cord.

“A.T.F. said it could blow up a tank on a car or make a car explode,” Jones said.

Corbin Police worked with the Kentucky State Police Hazardous Device Unit and A.T.F agents to safely detonate the explosive.

Katherine Hill has lived in the neighborhood near Chief Campbell for years.

“I know that no one was hurt but, still, David won’t stop until he finds out who did that,” Hill said.

She says Sunday’s incident was a close call and she plans on keeping a close eye out for any more suspicious activity in the area.

Corbin Police are currently stepping up patrols around the area where the incident took place.

Whoever left the device could be charged with using a weapon of mass destruction.


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