Two eastern Lincoln County residents were arrested after an explosion rocked the Andrew Point Drive area in Denver, N.C., Wednesday night.
Deputies were dispatched to the area after residents called the Lincoln County Communications Center about a loud explosion that shook their homes. Deputies searched the area but were unable to find a suspect or the site of the explosion.
On Thursday, sheriff’s Detective Greg Hager and Charlie District deputies returned to the area and found a 12-inch deep, 19-inch wide hole in the ground beside the road.
Sheriff’s Capt. Tim Johnson contacted the ATF, which sent an investigator. The homemade explosive device consisted of black powder and other materials, sheriff’s spokesman Larry Seagle said Saturday.
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Investigators developed a person of interest and went to the man’s home in the 1200 block of North N.C. 16 Business and collected evidence related to the explosion.
Gregory Scott Reynolds, 54, and Amy Michelle Dove, 42, both of the home, were charged with one felony count each of malicious use of an incendiary/attempt property injury, manufacturing/possession of a weapon of mass destruction and possession of a controlled substance.
The explosive went off on land owned by Reynolds’ sister, the sheriff’s office said. No damage occurred to any structure.
Reynolds also was served an outstanding second-degree trespassing warrant and Dove was served a warrant for failure to appear.
Reynolds was jailed on $155,000 bail and Dove on $150,000 bail. Both have first appearances Monday in Lincoln County District Court.