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Explosive device found outside Corbin police chief's home

By: Matthew Rand Email
By: Matthew Rand Email

CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) - Police are searching for a man they say dropped an explosive device outside the home of the Corbin police chief. The device was recovered without it going off, but authorities say it could have done serious damage.

Corbin Police Chief David Campbell told his officers he heard what sounded like gunshots outside his home.

"He went outside and seen a male dressed in dark clothing right at the end of the street, right where his fence comes up," said Rob Jones of the Corbin Police Department. "Went outside and yelled at the guy. Took off to chase him and the guy seemed to throw a device down on the ground and took off running."

Police recovered an explosive device made from three hand grenade fuses lashed together with parachute cord with the pins removed.

"They said it was, that the device was good enough that could puncture a gas tank on a car, make a car explode," Jones said.

Officers with Kentucky State Police as well as the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms conducted a search of the entire neighborhood, but no additional devices were found.

Neighbors we talked to say they wonder if the police chief was the target of an attack.

"See, he has arrested a lot of people and put a lot of people in prison and in jail, and people like that hold a grudge," said Katherine Hill, who lives nearby.

She says she is glad no one was hurt, but says she is worried what might happen if the suspect comes back.

Chief Campbell described the man he saw as about 5'10" tall, wearing dark clothing. Authorities ask anyone with information to contact the Corbin Police Department at (606) 528-1122.

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