This story has been updated as of Wednesday, June 12 at 10:37 p.m. 

Justin Mccart, 29, of Shelton Road was charged with four counts of possessing a prohibited weapon on Wednesday, June 12 around 10:35 p.m. His bond was set at $100,000. Manchester Police Department Chief Investigator Jackie Matheny does not believe he has posted bond at this time. 

The charge is in relation to the two pipe bombs were found on Walker Street on Wednesday, June 12 around 9 a.m.

Police suspected Mccart early into the investigation and found more explosives inside his residence. 

The first bomb was found on Walker Street around 9 a.m. by Coffee County Jail inmates involved in the work program. The inmates were working with the road crew to clear the area when they discovered an 8-10 inch metal tube in the roadway near the "Please Drive Slowly" sign, according to Matheny. 

Not knowing what it was, an inmate picked up the metal tube and brought it over to their supervisor, Matheny explained. The device was active at this time and there was a possibility it could have exploded, Matheny added.

The supervisor called MPD to respond. 

Officers found the second bomb in a culvert about 30-45 yards away from the first one. This one was closer to the residences in the side road off of Walker Street, Matheny explained. Again, the bomb was active and had the potential to detonate.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) responded to assist with deactivating the bombs.

"They arrived and made the explosive devices safe," Matheny said. He added THP took the bombs and will detonate them in a controlled environment. 

Matheny has no doubt the bombs were handmade. 

Matheny added he believes this incident is localized and has nothing to do with Bonnaroo, the four day music festival that begins in Manchester on Thursday, June 13. 

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Casey recently joined the Manchester Times team in March 2018. Coming off a 17-month reporter stint in Port Chester, NY, she is looking forward to slowing down and integrating herself into the community. She currently resides in Manchester.

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