VALDOSTA -- A Lowndes County man charged with manufacturing explosive devices made his first court appearance on Wednesday.

Bond for William Gene Wood, 21, was set at $100,000 by Magistrate Judge George Hart. Wood was already in custody on an unrelated theft charge, and bond for that offense was set at $10,000.

Wood was arrested on Friday after investigators with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office uncovered two suspected pipe bombs and one suspected CO2 bomb in the bedroom of his Crestwood Circle residence. He was charged with one count of manufacturing explosive devices, which carries a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

Investigators said they are unsure if Wood had plans to use the bombs, and said the suspect told them he obtained the instructions off the Internet and simply wanted to see if they worked. Deputies found a third suspected bomb under construction as well as gunpowder and other potential bomb-making materials in Wood's home.

Wood's case will now go before the Lowndes County Grand Jury, which will decide whether to formally indict him.



To contact reporter Bill Roberts, please call 244-3400, ext. 245.



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