SULLIVAN, Ind. (WTHI) - Friday afternoon, police arrested Blake Boles, near his home on Washington Street in Sullivan, Ind.
In his pockets, police say they found two explosive devices. Police then searched his home where they found several others, along with a meth lab.
Indiana State Police's bomb squad worked the scene.
All this while neighbors were instructed to evacuate.
Neighbors say, typically, this is a quiet street in a quiet neighborhood.
"I consider it a safe community. A lot of people in this area..we know each other, we trust each other. It's a very nice place to live. And it was kind of shocking. It was scary and shocking," said Melissa Hallett, a neighbor.
Hallett was enjoying the nice weather on her deck when police showed up across the street.
She said police put handcuffs on a man walking along the road. That man was Blake Boles.
Police were serving a warrant on Boles.
Hallett said she then saw police empty the man's pockets.
"It was metallic, like a gun," said Hallett.
After that, more police arrived to help.
"He seemed very concerned and screamed at the boy, 'What are you doing carrying that around?'" said Hallett. "Shortly after that, they moved what was on top of the police car out into the field, which my friend Tammy and I thought was a little strange. They gently placed it on the ground, which we thought was kind of odd."
What she didn't know at the time was police found two explosive devices in his pockets. She also didn't know that Boles lived right down the street from her.
That's when police asked several witnesses, including Hallett, to leave the area.
"He came over and told us that there were two pipe bombs they found on this boy and that we needed to evacuate and soon," said Hallett.
Police say they found a meth lab in his home, along with more explosive devices.
Hallett watched from a nearby house and saw the bomb squad arrive and place the devices in a box.
"...what's even more terrifying is the fact that just a few doors away from me, there were more bombs," stated Hallett.
Boles was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Dealing and Manufacturing Methamphetamine, along with several other charges.
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