Evansville Police say two men have been arrested and charged with possessing a homemade bomb in a southeast side apartment late Monday night.
EPD says officers were sent to the 2300 block of Sunburst Dr. around 9:30 p.m. for a complaint about two men spray painting graffiti in the hallways of the building.
Police say when officers arrived, witnesses told them the men had gone into an apartment.
EPD says when they when to speak with the men, 19-year-old Jake Fuchs and 18-year-old Jourdan McNeely, officers said they noticed a strong chemical smell and saw what appeared to be an improvised explosive device in the apartment.
The EPD Bomb Squad responded and neutralized the device.
After checking out the device, the bomb squad determined it was "viable, and readily capable of causing property damage, serious bodily injury, and death if it were to have been detonated."
EPD says while the specifics of the device are not being released, they believe the men researched the topic of building bombs prior to making the one located in the apartment.
Several apartments were evacuated during the incident.
EPD says although they believe Fuchs and McNeelywere responsible for the graffiti, no charges have been filed on that yet.
They were taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail on charges of Possessing a Destructive Device (Level 5 Felony) and Criminal Recklessness (Level 6 Felony).
Both men are being held on a $15,000 bond each.
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