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Suspect named in Clayton explosives case

Clayton County Police, on Thursday, released the name of the man arrested on Wednesday, after authorities found what was described as a homemade explosive device in his Jonesboro home.

Agents were serving a drug warrant Wednesday afternoon, at the home of Aaron Broome, II, 55, when they reportedly found the device. Clayton County Police Officer Otis Willis, III, said police also found three assault rifles, four handguns, a shotgun and a small amount of crack cocaine in the home.

Broome, so far, faces a charge of possession of an explosive device, according to police and online court records. Records show he was granted $10,000 bond on the charge Thursday.

Willis said Broome described the device to authorities as a firecracker and told them he'd had it more than 20 years. Willis said the device was "rendered safe" by the bomb squad and that the department's crime scene investigators were working to determine what it was made of.

Clayton County Code Enforcement officials also condemned Broome's Patton Road home, according to Willis, because of its poor condition. He said the home's wooden exterior and interior were rotten, and that there were holes in the roof and floor.

-- From Staff Reports