Colbert man arrested for having fake bomb

A man in custody after a domestic incident claimed he had explosives in his home, the sheriff said.

Posted: May 14, 2018 5:47 PM

Colbert County authorities were checking out a home off of River Road after a man told them he had explosives, Colbert County's sheriff said Monday.

Sheriff Frank Williamson said Harold Wells, 63, barricaded himself in his home on Cameron Circle when deputies went to serve him with protection from abuse orders around 12:30 p.m. Wells came to the door with a gun and told the deputies he had explosives, Williamson said.

Williamson said they talked Wells into surrendering and the Florence Police Department's bomb squad was called to the scene to check the home. Authorities said they found two fake makeshift devices in the home.

Homes nearby were evacuated while the home was searched.

Wells was charged with two felony counts of possession of a hoax device, Williamson said.

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