Bomb technicians from the State Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday detonated an explosive device discovered in a minivan the day before.
The pipe bomb was found outside Mayberry Mall by the Mount Airy Police Department during a routine traffic stop on Tuesday, according to Capt. Barry VanHoy.
“They detonated the device remotely after taking it to a secure location, preserving as much evidentiary material as possible,” said VanHoy. “You try and save as much as you can.”
VanHoy said the remains of the detonated bomb will be sent off to a lab, and it will be a little while before results come back.
MAPD officers pulled over a Dodge Caravan on Tuesday just after 3 p.m. for what they thought was a simple traffic violation. However, a K-9 officer gave an indication toward the minivan, creating probable cause for a search, which located the pipe bomb in a backpack in the front-passenger side of the vehicle, according to VanHoy.
The finding of the bomb led to authorities establishing a perimeter around the vehicle near the front entrance to the shopping center. A large group of city and county officers, members of the Mount Airy Fire Department and other departments monitored the van while awaiting the arrival of a bomb technician from the SBI.
The pipe bomb remained in the vehicle during that time. The explosive device appeared to be a cylindrical object about eight inches long with a fuse clearly sticking out of its top.
Glenn Springthorpe, 33, of Maple Drive, Mount Airy, subsequently was charged with felonious possession of a weapon of mass destruction; felony possession of methamphetamine with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver; carrying a concealed weapon; and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Secured bond was set at $30,000. According to a Surry County Detention Center, Springthorpe made bond later that day.
An unidentified female who was driving the van was not charged with any violations due to the items found being in the possession of Springthorpe, VanHoy said.
Reach Bill Colvard at 336-415-4699.