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Keyword: explosive devices

The photos show a gray teddy bear, arms outstretched sitting in a basket in the middle of a road directly on top of the double yellow lines.

The FBI says the bear, left on a road in rural Anderson County, South Carolina, concealed a bomb. It was one of a series of bombs and hoax bombs found in January and February 2018.

“This was deliberately placed where a child or passerby could have found it. Fortunately, someone saw it and knew to call us,” FBI Special Agent Christopher Derrickson said in a press release on June 17.

Read more: Miami Herald

A powerful explosion in the southern Swedish town of Linkoping on Friday damaged buildings and lightly injured 25 people, police said.

The cause of the explosion was unclear but police said a bomb squad was on its way to the scene in downtown Linkoping and that they had opened a criminal investigation.

“There is nothing that indicates that this incident is terror-related, we do not see that,” police spokeswoman Asa Willsund.

Read more: Reuters

An unidentified man is in federal custody after he asked about buying grenades and discussed possibly detonating them in Times Square, according to law enforcement sources.

The man was intercepted by federal and local officials, and he posed no imminent threat.

He is expected to appear in federal court in Downtown Brooklyn on Friday.

He was detected both inquiring about obtaining grenades and discussing using them in Times Square, the sources told ABC News.

Read more: ABC News

A 60-year-old U.S. Army veteran is facing federal charges after he left an improvised explosive device on the campus of the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, authorities said.

Mark Edward Allen, a St. Petersburg resident, was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of unregistered explosive devices, records show. Investigators say a similar device was found at his apartment.

According to a federal criminal complaint, the Tampa Police bomb squad and the FBI responded on May 29 after a suspected explosive device was found on the sprawling campus at 10000 Bay Pines Boulevard. Authorities used X-ray technology to determine the device contained a 9-volt battery, electrical wires, an improvised initiator, an unknown powder and a clothespin switch.

Read more: Tampa Bay Times

A gang member who firebombed the homes of African Americans to force them out of a Los Angeles housing project was sentenced Monday to 13 years in federal prison.

Jose "Lil' Moe" Saucedo, 25, was sentenced for what U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder called "a terribly violent crime," according to a U.S. Department of Justice statement.

On Mother's Day 2014, Saucedo and his fellow gang members smashed windows and threw Molotov cocktails into four apartments at Ramona Gardens, a heavily Hispanic housing project in Boyle Heights east of downtown, prosecutors said.

Three apartments housed African American families, including sleeping women and children, while the fourth held a Hispanic resident that the gang members targeted by mistake, prosecutors said.

Read more: US News & World Report