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Fake Bomb Turns Up in Ponce de Leon's Town Hall

By: WJHG-TV
By: WJHG-TV

Holmes County Sheriff's investigators are trying to find out why an Arkansas man would send a fake bomb to Ponce de Leon's town hall.

The case began to unfold around 1:00 PM Thursday, when one of the Ponce de Leon employees picked-up the daily mail. There was a box, with a Little Rock, Arkansas, return address, among the letters.

The clerk opened the box and immediately noticed something wasn't right. There were some cylinders, wrapped in wire, inside of the box.

Holmes County sheriff's deputies responded, then called the Bay County sheriff's explosive ordinance disposal team. The local bomb squad arrived mid-afternoon, and had the situation in hand by 6:00 this evening.

The "bomb" turned-out to be several empty drink cans wrapped in wire.

Investigators say the Arkansas man responsible, is Curtis Clay, Jr. They believe Clay wanted the package to appear as if it contained a bomb. They also say Clay has a criminal record, and has done this kind of thing before.

What they don't know is why he chose to send the package to Ponce de Leon.


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