November 8, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson in Suspicious Activity

AKRON, [OH]--Federal charges were filed Tuesday against a 26-year-old man who was carrying a pipe bomb just hours before a candlelight vigil for victims of White Supremacist attack was set to begin. “In the early evening of August 16, 2017, Akron Police officers began speaking with Elijah Blankenship in the area of Druid Walk, Akron, Ohio,” the FBI said in a news release. “Through the discussion with Blankenship it was determined that Blankenship possessed a folding knife in his waistband. An Ohio State Highway Patrol K-9 Officer and his partner approached the scene and alerted to Blankenship’s vehicle. Two packages of unknown powder substances, gunpowder and a pipe bomb were discovered during the probable cause search of the vehicle.” He was arrested about four miles from the downtown vigil site. The vigil was held to commemorate the three persons killed and 35 injured during an attack on protesters organized against a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Blankenship was formally charged Tuesday with a federal count of transporting explosive materials without a license. All items were collected for laboratory analysis and evidence. The disassembly of the suspected pipe bomb and pyrotechnic aerial shell revealed PVC components containing metal screws, nuts, and bolts as well as an unknown powder. A test burn was conducted of the unknown powder. The powder burned in a manner consistent with an energetic pyrotechnic powder. View More>>

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