Bomb Scare Forces People from Their Homes

Residents Evacuated For 8 Hours After Bomb Scare

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    NBCDFW.com

    Residents in one building at the Austin Ranch apartments in The Colony were evacuated from their homes overnight. For more than 8 hours Saturday night into Sunday, a man threatened to detonate a homemade bomb.

    The man's therapist called police, who then performed a welfare check on the man. Police tried to contact the man through a loudspeaker outside his home, but made no contact with him for 2 hours. Video taken by neighbors from across the street show a SWAT vehicle and several officers. A negotiator is heard saying," Come forward with your hands up, we are not going to hurt you. We are here to help you. Come out and talk to us."

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    After much negotiation, the man walked out of his apartment as SWAT members closed in. He was taken down and into custody. The Plano Bomb Squad entered the apartment. "They were able to remove several homemade explosive devices from the freezer of his refrigerator," said Lt. Mike Fox, of The Colony Police Department.

    The Plano Police Department Bomb Squad used a robot to remove the explosives, which were x-rayed, photographed, then taken to a remote location to be destroyed. Police did not say what kind of explosive materials were found in the apartment but said the homemade devices were sophisticated enough to have caused serious damage.

    Police took the man to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. The man's name was not released. The Colony Police are investigating what charges, if any, will be filed.