Bomb Squad removes suspicious material from apartment

By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The ATF is investigating after suspicious material was found inside a Bullitt County apartment over the weekend.

It happened late Friday night at an apartment complex on Buckman Street. According to a press release issued by the Shepherdsville Police Department, they worked with the LMPD Bomb Squad, FBI, and ATF.

Debbie Hodges says she watched investigators constantly run into and out of the building next door.

"It was horrifying because you didn't know what to expect," she said. "That was the worst part, not knowing and still not knowing," she continued.

Another neighbor, Lina Arbuckle says she heard the sounds of an explosion.

"I was sitting at my kitchen window and I heard a boom! boom! go off," Arbuckle said.

LMPD's Bomb Squad removed the suspicious material and destroyed it.

LMPD spokeswoman Officer Carey Klain says police were told the material was believed to be homemade explosives. She says that was the initial suspicion because of the injuries one person received. She says their squad was not able to determine what the materials were, but helped destroy the materials.

Neighbors showed WAVE 3 where officials destroyed the materials. It was located behind one of the apartment buildings.

"That's just too close to home," Hodges said.

In the press release, Shepherdsville police officers indicated a person was taken to University Hospital. Arbuckle said that person was a man who lives in the apartment complex.

"He came out with a rag on his face and a bag around his hand," Arbuckle said.

"This woke everybody up and it disrupted our lives and put everybody in danger and there's kids around here," Lina Huff said.

Huff says many of the neighbors were upset because the man, believed to have been behind the suspicious material, was back home Saturday. He never answered the door on Saturday.

"We don't know what to expect now because we never knew this was going on," Huff said.

ATF Special Agent George Huffman says the investigation is continuing. Once the investigation is complete Huffman says they will hand it over to the Commonwealth's Attorney and the U.S. Attorney.

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