Roanoke Man Charged In Connection With Blacksburg Explosion

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ROANOKE, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — A Roanoke man faces charges in connection with a pipe bomb explosion in Blacksburg.

Media outlets report that Blacksburg police charged 23-year-old Derick Gregory Wilson on Wednesday with the manufacture, possession, use of fire bombs or explosive materials.

Virginia State Police charged Wilson with possession of bomb-making materials. Sgt. Rob Carpentieri says investigators found the materials in a family member’s home in Roanoke.

The improvised explosive device exploded early Wednesday near several vehicles parked behind an apartment complex in Blacksburg. No one was injured. One vehicle was damaged.

Carpentieri says the Blacksburg investigation led troopers to obtain a search warrant for the relative’s home.

A call to the Blacksburg Police Department wasn’t immediately returned.

Carpentieri says Wilson is being held without bond in the Roanoke City Jail.

A representative of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives unit insisted Wednesday that the explosion was not related to targeting the campus of Virginia Tech.

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