Police Find Homemade Explosives in Home

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Thomas Ward (Photo Credit: North Canton Police)

NORTH CANTON, Ohio — Police have issued a warrant for a North Canton man after finding two explosives in the basement of a North Canton home.

According to reports, North Canton police were called to a home in the 1100 block of Sunford Avenue S.E. Wednesday to reports that suspicious devices were found in the basement.

When they arrived, officers found three items they suspected could be improvised explosive devices.The Summit County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad unit in conjunction with Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents were called, and a trained explosives detecting canine assisted.

The items were removed from the residence. Two of the devices were determined to be “homemade improvised explosive devices capable of causing serious bodily injury and/or death,” according to North Canton police.

A warrant was issued for Thomas R. Ward, 51, who now faces charges of inducing panic and unlawful possession of a dangerous ordinance.

Police said Ward is a cousin of the resident of the home where the explosives were found and had been living there for five years. He was reported missing on May 20.

Police said Ward suffers from mental health issues.

Anyone with information on Ward’s whereabouts is asked to call the North Canton Police Department at 330-499-5911.

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