Pipe Bomb Near Potosi May be Tied to Earlier Arson
An eastern Missouri man already facing charges in connection with a suspicious fire is facing additional scrutiny after a pipe bomb was found near the site of the blaze.
KMOV-TV reports that 41-year-old Louis Culp of Mineral Point was charged Nov. 30 with second-degree arson for a fire that destroyed a vacant home near Potosi. He has been jailed since then on $25,000 bond.
But authorities on Monday found what was described as an “active” pipe bomb in a vacant lot near the burned home.
The FBI and ATF were called to the scene and the bomb was successfully secured.
Authorities believe the fire and bomb are connected.
A message left Monday with Culp’s attorney was not immediately returned.