Austin A. Callahan
A man has been arrested in connection with the explosives detonated and found in the River Creek community in Leesburg earlier this month.
Austin A. Callahan, 20, of Leesburg, was arrested Aug. 30. He has been charged with one count of the manufacture, possession or use of fire bombs or explosive materials and devices, a class 5 felony. Callahan was taken to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.
The arrest is related to an Aug. 20 incident. Around 9:48 p.m. that day, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received several calls reporting an explosion in the 43800 area of Olympic Boulevard. Members of the Loudoun County Fire Marshal's Office and the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office responded and discovered what is believed to be the remains of a pipe bomb on the River Creek Golf Course.
The Fire Marshal's Office, with assistance from the local division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, investigated the incident and on Aug. 24 the ATF, FMO and LCSO searched a home on Sandpiper Place.
During the search, the public safety personnel located an explosive device in the home, causing the search to be temporarily suspended while additional personnel were called to the scene. The nature of the device – a hand-made device according to Laura Rinehart, Loudoun Fire and Rescue public information officer – and the topography of the scene kept authorities from evacuating the area, though residents were asked to remain in their homes. The device was rendered safe around noon.