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Man in Custody After Pipe Bomb Found in Residential Area

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A 27-year-old Missoula man is behind bars after police locate and deactivate a pipe bomb in a Missoula home.

Andrew Ibey is being held for possession of explosives and a burglary charge. A total of three people are being questioned by police. A lot of questions still surround the case like why Ibey had the bomb, or if he even lived at the home.

A Missoula neighborhood near a Playfair Park and Splash Montana may look quiet now, but Tuesday a home on Spartan Drive was the center of a bomb investigation by Missoula police.

"They came and knocked on our door and said you can leave or stay inside for next few hours," said neighbor Courtney Vitteli.

Four homes were evacuated, and the area was blocked off as a bomb specialist team investigated a report of a pipe bomb at 919 Spartan Drive.

"The Missoula Police Department was made aware of this situation from a complaint by a Missoula citizen who told us where we could find it," said Missoula Police Sgt. Scott Pastian.

A search warrant was issued, before a team of bomb specialist used a robot to find a pipe bomb in the garage, along with other materials used to make the device.

“There were components that made me believe that it was an active or viable bomb,” Missoula Police Sgt. Ed Gydas.

Shortly after a loud boom filled the area as the bomb was deactivated.

"We used a robot to take it to another room, and a robot with a device called a disrupter to take it apart," Gydas said.

Three people were questioned, including Ibey who was booked about 8 p.m. Tuesday on a burglary charge and possession of explosives.

Vitteli has lived across the street from the home for the last five months, but doesn't know much about Ibey and the others involved.

"I've only see him around. For the last week or so he's been there now," Vitteli said.

Police said no other bombs were found in the home and things can return to normal in the neighborhood.

Ibey is set to appear in Missoula County Justice Court at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Missoula police arrest 27-year-old Andrew Ibey for possession of a destructive device.Det. Scott Pastian says someone called the department Tuesday to report a pipe bomb in Ibey's garage on Spartan Dr. across from Splash Montana in Missoula.

Police do not know why Ibey had the device.

Pastian says the explosions heard Tuesday were not from the pipe bomb, but from a water canon used by the bomb squad.

Bomb squad members discovered the device and rendered it safe.

Pastian says squad members found other bomb-making materials on the premises.

Ibey will appear in court today or tomorrow.


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