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Colorado man allegedly told FBI he made pipe bombs to fight home invasion

Agents said they found four pipe bombs and two 1-pound containers of .308 caliber cartridge reloading gunpowder while searching the man's property.
Image: The home of Bradley Bunn
FBI investigators found the pipe bombs in the Bradley Bunn residence in Loveland, Colorado, authorities said.Google

A Colorado man faces federal charges after authorities said they found him in possession of pipe bombs, which he is alleged to have said he planned to use against home intruders.

Bradley Bunn, 53, was charged with possession of illegal destructive devices over the weekend after two search warrants were executed at his home Friday, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado.

FBI agents said in a criminal complaint that when they searched Bunn's home in Loveland, they found four pipe bombs and two 1-pound containers of .308 caliber cartridge reloading gunpowder, which can be used as a pipe bomb component, in Bunn's vehicle.

Image: Pipe bomb
A pipe bomb submitted as evidence.U.S. Justice Department

The complaint said Bunn waived his Miranda rights and agreed to speak with FBI agents. Bunn told agents that he wasn't exactly sure what he used to make the bombs and couldn't detail his technique, according to the complaint.

"Because I don't know much about this stuff, I don't exactly know what went into the device that I built," Bunn said, according to the complaint. "That's the best that I can tell you."

Bunn told agents that he planned to use the bombs if he were the victim of a "hard entry," or a home invasion, in the middle of the night, the complaint said. Bunn said intruders would "clump" together instead of spread out because of fear.

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Agents found more pipe bomb components in the house after Bunn acknowledged having a box of items he used to make the explosives, according to the complaint. The agents found galvanized steel pipes, end caps, shotgun primers, fuses and several bottles of smokeless powder, it said.

Bunn faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine if convicted. He had a virtual hearing Monday in which he was advised of his rights and the charges.

It was unclear whether Bunn has retained an attorney.

CORRECTION (May 4, 2020, 9:55 p.m. ET): An earlier version of this article misstated when authorities executed two search warrants at Bradley Bunn's residence. According to the U.S. attorney's office and a criminal complaint, the search warrants were executed on Friday, not Saturday.