PUEBLO WEST, Colo. - A bomb squad found two suspected homemade bombs in a Pueblo West home on Wednesday, causing officials to evacuate seven nearby homes and to order a school to shelter-in-place.
Pueblo County sheriff's spokeswoman Lisa Shorter said investigators had received tips that Anthony Heptig, 45, had been making improvised explosive devices in the garage of a home in the 300 block of South Karval Drive.
The home belongs to Heptig's mother, and Heptig had been staying in the garage.
Pueblo Metro Bomb technicians began searching the home in the morning and found two devices that "were intended to be potential explosives," Shorter said.
As a precaution, the Sheriff’s Office requested that nearby Liberty Point Elementary School keep all students and staff inside until the suspicious devices were removed.
By Wednesday afternoon, both devices had been placed in a blast container and removed to a safe location where they could be examined and then disposed of, Shorter said.
"Once we examine those devices, finish the search of the house, and our investigations unit conducts interviews, we will know what additional charges Mr. Heptig will face," said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor.
"Right now, I can't stress enough how the partnership among law enforcement agencies, the tips from concerned citizens and the coordination with the school districts determines the safe outcome of situations like these," Taylor added.
Heptig was already in Pueblo County Detention Facility on warrants unrelated to suspicious devices. He is being held without bond on two contempt of court warrants, Shorter said.