TRIPwire, 19 September 2017, 0730
On 17 September 2017 at approximately 1030 hours local time, an Amado man injured himself, while he and an associate attempted to construct a victim-operated improvised explosive device (VOIED). One of the men is the property owner, where the blast occurred, and is a felon with multiple convictions. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) stated in a press release that the post-blast exploitation recovered fragmentation from a galvanized pipe bomb and a pressure switch. Additional bomb making materials, four firearms and several rounds of ammunition were also recovered at the scene of the explosion. The initial investigation suggested that the men intended to protect the property using VOIEDs, although it is unclear why. Investigators referred the case to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for possible charges.
On 17 September 2017 at approximately 1030 hours local time, the Tubac Fire Department (TFD) responded to a report of an explosion in a vacant building in Amado. The explosion injured a local man who received treatment at an area hospital. Hospital staff contacted authorities after noticing “penetrating injuries” to the man’s chest and knee, consistent with gunshots or an explosion. Upon further investigation, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office (SCCSO) deputies discovered gunpowder at the injured man’s residence and alerted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the FBI. ATF and FBI took over the now ongoing investigation. No further details were released.