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Homemade bomb detonated outside Missouri City home

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Authorities detonated a homemade bomb found on a Missouri City homeowner's front door steps. (Clay County Sheriff's Office) Authorities detonated a homemade bomb found on a Missouri City homeowner's front door steps. (Clay County Sheriff's Office)
MISSOURI CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Authorities detonated a homemade bomb found on a Missouri City homeowner's front door steps.

The Independence Bomb and Arson squad detonated the device, which was possibly filled with shrapnel or BB pellets, at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, a Clay County Sheriff's Office spokesman told KCTV5.

This was after a homeowner came home at 8:15 a.m. and discovered the bomb on his front stoop steps.

The man lives in the 400 block of Main Street. His residence is across from River Park near the playground.

The Independence bomb squad's robot grabbed the device and moved it down the street to a safer location where it was detonated, the sheriff's office said.

Some streets in the area were blocked off for about three hours as a precaution. Only the homeowner was evacuated during the incident. No one was injured.

A KCTV5 viewer who lives nearby said when the device was detonated the explosion shook his residence.

"I just heard ‘fire in the hole' a few times and there was a big old bomb," Danny Russell said.

Russell and his family never actually saw the homemade bomb, but they felt it.

"The robot grabbed it and headed down toward the river so I followed to my house, then watched it go boom," he said.

Shrapnel from the bomb that consisted of screws and bullet casings now surround the hole where it was detonated.

Russell's kids were a little too close for comfort for the family as the homemade bomb was found just across the street from the park they play in and would have been playing in it Thursday.

"It scared me and my friend, but I was kind of afraid someone got hurt or something like that," Hannah Russell said.

Neighbors were extremely upset that the bomb was found so close to the park.

"You could have a little kid pick it up and, next thing you know, we're burying another kid," Amy Reppy said.

Detectives said they have no reason to believe that homeowner was targeted.

"As far as we know there was no motive for it, the homeowner seems like a great person and didn't appear to have any enemies," said Capt. Matt Hunter with the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

The incident remains under investigation.

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