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No bond for Tampa home bomb-maker

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The Tampa man facing six counts of manufacturing and possessing homemade explosive devices appeared in front of a judge Thursday morning. Authorities issued no bond for him, pending another hearing on Friday.

James Minyard, 41, ran to a BP station asking for help Wednesday saying he was playing with firecrackers when he injured his hand.

Tampa Police detectives found out that it might have been a blast of a homemade explosive device that ripped the tip off Minyard's fingers. Police also found an unexploded device nearby on Sligh Avenue. 

TPD officers searched Minyard's house on East Crawford Street and found explosives, chemicals and a small workshop in the backyard.

According to the police report, Minyard admitted building the devices but said he didn't mean to hurt anyone. TPD officers believed his actions were dangerous.

"The types of homemade explosives that he was making are very, very dangerous, and very volatile," said Tampa Police bomb squad Sergeant Jarrett Seal.

Minyard remains in jail.

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