Bomb Unit Removes Pipe Bomb From Odessa Storage Unit

Bomb Unit Removes Pipe Bomb From Odessa Storage Unit

Josh Navarro
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - The Odessa Police Bomb Unit has cleared the area after a search warrant led to the discovery of a make shift bomb.  

It all started when officers with the Narcotic/Vice Unit executed a search warrant at the CubeSmart Self Storage Unit located at 5306 North Grandview. While officials were executing the warrant, investigators came across what appeared to be a make shift pipe bomb.

Investigators then backed away and called in the Bomb Unit.

Kenneth Brunette rents one of the units at the facility.

"I don't know if there's much they could do. I'm pretty sure they do background checks and everything else to cover everybody. I don't know besides checking units which I don't think they can really do that," Brunette said. 

Brunette says he came by to make a payment to the business when he saw all of the commotion going on. 

"You can never tell these days I guess. It's kind of shocking to be honest with you," Brunette said. 

An evacuation was set for businesses around the area but it was on a voluntary basis and no one was hurt. Police say bomb technicians also found a hand grenade and an unidentified object wrapped in electrical tape. 

Just after 7 p.m., all of the possible explosive items were rendered safe by bomb technicians. 

No word on who may have placed them in there. Police say once the storage unit was clear of the devices, the Narcotics/Vice Unit was able to continue their investigation.