Court Documents Received: Pipe Bomb Found in Afton

Court Documents Received: Pipe Bomb Found in Afton
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KOAM/FOX14 receives court documents after a pipe bomb is discovered at an apartment in northeast Oklahoma.

On August, 25th, 2018, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office was called after a landlord found what appeared to be an explosive device. Deputies responded to 27950 South Highway 25, Unit 27-1 in Afton.

The property owner had recently evicted tenant Richard Cole, and during a walk-through inspection of his unit, found a bottle of Tannerite and a metal pipe with two end caps and a green fuse.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol Bomb Squad was called. After arriving, they found two canisters of what appeared to be “mixed Tannerite,” two boxes of ammunition and a device in the ammunition container. OHP Bomb Technicians conducted a “render safe procedure” (RSP) on the metal pipe. According to court documents, the pipe had a green pyrotechnic fuse protruding from the end cap. Authorities say the threats of the pipe had Teflon tape attached and the pipe itself contained an explosive powder.

Investigators spoke with witnesses about Cole. One witness said Cole’s life is “spiraling out of control.”

The ATF told investigators that the device found is classified as a “destructive device” and is required to be registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record (NFRTR). Authorities say Richard Cole has no items registered in the NFRTR.

Cole is charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device. He’s scheduled to be in court today, August 30th, 2018, for a preliminary hearing.

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