Twenty to 25 homes in a Nashville, Tenn., neighborhood were evacuated after a Realtor who was prepping a home on the market for a viewing reportedly had quite a shock. The real estate agent discovered explosives in the crawl space of the home on Catspaw Court, according to Nashville TV station WSMV
reported. According to the TV station, the devices were determined to be pipe bombs and a bomb squad was called in to remove the explosives. Another local TV station, WTVF
, said authorities believed the devices were simulators, but WSMV reported that police later determined that they were hazardous.
According to WSMV, the previous owner of the home died suddenly and the house had been up for sale for more than a year. The TV station reported that the owner used to be a member of Nashville's Metro Bomb Squad, which could explain why there were explosives at the home. It was not clear, though, why the owner would have been allowed to transport explosive devices to his house.
Police reportedly kept surrounding neighbors out of their homes for five hours on Sunday night while authorities removed the explosives and concluded their on-scene investigation. Residents weren't allowed to return to their homes until 12:30 a.m. Monday morning, WSMV reported. The identity of the Realtor who found the explosives was not disclosed. WSMV reported that a person who had inspected the home just a month ago saw the devices but did not report them to police because that person didn't think there was a threat to public safety.
A similar stir occurred in 2011 when an irate Seattle homeowner facing eviction reportedly "booby-trapped" a home
that was in foreclosure -- though in that incident, no actual explosives were found connected to an apparent tripwire. For other scary and odd discoveries in homes, see the gallery below.
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