Bond Denied For Local Man Arrested After Pipe Bomb Discovered

A Central Texas man arrested after the discovery of a pipe bomb in a garage apartment remained jailed Thursday after a federal magistrate ordered him held without bond.

Richard Summersett (Jail photo)

WACO (April 10, 2014) Richard Summersett, 46, of Waco, whom police arrested after a pipe bomb was found in a water cooler inside a garage apartment, remained jailed Thursday after U.S. Magistrate Jeffrey Manske ordered him held without bond.

Manske scheduled another hearing for Monday after Summersett’s initial appearance Wednesday.

Summersett was named in a federal indictment Tuesday charging possession of a pipe bomb.

No further details have been released.

Police arrested Summersett after officers found the pipe bomb in a detached apartment behind a home in the 2800 block of Columbus Avenue in Waco.

A tip that was phoned in around noon Monday led to the discovery, police said.

Officers blocked off streets in the area and homes within about a 500-foot radius of the apartment were evacuated.

The McLennan County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad spent several hours securing and disabling the device, removing it from the apartment, surrounding it with sandbags and then using a robot to blast it with a high-pressure water cannon, which produced a loud boom.

Residents were allowed to return to their homes just after 7 p.m.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating.

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