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Man Admits to Leaving Homemade Bombs Outside Police Department: Cops

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    Waterbury Police Department
    Michael Dube is accused of leaving a backpack containing two homemade bombs outside the Waterbury Police Department on Friday night.

    Waterbury, Conn., police have identified and arrested the man who they say left a backpack containing two homemade bombs outside the police department on Friday night.

    According to police, Michael Dube, 20, of 135 May Street in Naugatuck, admitted to making two bombs from fireworks powder, cardboard cylinders and duct tape and carrying them around in his backpack.

    Dube is a door-to-door vacuum salesman working in an office next door to the police department, authorities said.

    Police said Dube's employer reported seeing the backpack on a sidewalk outside the police department around 7:45 p.m. Friday. The employer told police he believed two pipe bombs were inside.

    Authorities roped off the area, evacuated a nearby home and diverted traffic around the scene. The State Police Bomb Squad arrived to investigate, police said.

    The bomb squad determined that the backpack contained two suspicious devices. Authorities did a controlled detonation using water to neutralize the items.

    The police department continued to operate throughout the evening. No one was hurt during the incident.

    Dube is charged with illegal possession of explosives, manufacturing bombs and first-degree reckless endangerment.

    He is being held at the Waterbury Police Department on a $250,000 bond and is due in court Monday morning.

    Police said they searched Dube's home and didn't find anything else suspicious.