‘Suspicious’ device had black powder

July 17, 2013

Investigators found that the “suspicious item” that was dropped off at a residence on the Fourth of July was a “black powder device,” according to Hood County Fire Marshal Ray Wilson.

The black powder – more commonly known as gunpowder – device was left at a home on Power Plant Court just off Mambrino Highway by a 19-year-old Earl Lee Wright of Granbury. a pizza delivery driver. He was making a delivery to the residence when he left it with the residents, who were outside shooting fireworks with friends. Wright was taken in for questioning and then arrested on a felony charge of possession of a prohibited weapon, authorities said.

A woman who lives at the residence said the driver left the device without explaining why, and that they did not know him, but that he had said the device contained gunpowder. The woman noted, “He said, whenever you light this, just stand back.”

One witness said that the device appeared to be a cylinder shape, wrapped in duct tape, and had a fuse.

As a precaution, Wilson contacted a bomb squad out of Tarrant County to safely dispose of the device that night.

Wright was released from the Hood County Jail on July 5 after posting $10,000 bond, booking records show.

“I don’t know what his motivation was,” Wilson said Monday, noting that the man’s vehicle was searched after investigators asked for and were granted permission. “We didn’t find any other devices. He said that was the only one he had.”

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