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Tampa Man Accused in Pipe Bomb Explosion

Joseph David Caltagirone | Tampa Police | Arrests

The bomb exploded in his backyard, Tampa police said.

TAMPA – A man has been arrested in connection with the explosion of a pipe bomb Wednesday (April 11) in the backyard of a home, the Tampa Police Department said.

Joseph David Caltagirone, 60, of Tampa, was charged with one count of making, possessing, throwing, placing, projecting, or discharging a destructive device, which is a felony. A second man who was questioned Wednesday has not been charged.

The explosion happened about 4:24 p.m. Wednesday in the backyard of a home on E 17th Avenue where Caltagirone lives. There were no injuries or property damage.

Police were on the scene soon after the explosion and began searching the neighborhood. A four-block portion of Columbus Drive was closed for a short time. Ultimately, police said they focused on the home and two men in the house. The remnants of the PVC pipe bomb were found outside that house, in the back yard where the explosion left a divot in the ground.

The TPD bomb squad and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI conducted a search on the house while the two men were questioned.

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Tampa Man Accused in Pipe Bomb Explosion
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The bomb exploded in his backyard, Tampa police said.
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