May 22nd, 2010
08:12 AM ET

1 killed in W. Va. pipe bomb explosion

One person died when a pipe bomb exploded outside a nightclub in West Virginia early Saturday morning, state police told CNN.

The incident, which took place in Barboursville in the southwestern part of the state, occurred around 2:30 a.m.

"We have an individual that brought explosive devices outside of the business. One of the devices detonated proving fatal for the individual," Cabell County Sheriff's Department Sheriff Tom McComas. "I don't know an exact age of the victim. We're still in the infancy of this investigation."

Police evacuated as many as 100 people from an apartment complex, mobile home and 20 to 25 houses while they searched for other bombs, police officers told CNN.

Authorities told CNN they have a theory about what happened, but were unwilling to elaborate on any details.

"It would be imprudent for me to speculate at this point if the bombing was an act of terror," McComas said, adding "it was strange activity" for the working-class town, which sits eight miles west of Huntington.

"We are still in the process of rendering the area safe. We anticipate that to take another hour to three hours," McComas said. "We have a major U.S. route that runs through here, Route 60...we have about a mile of it shut down until we can get the area safe," he said.

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  1. Chris

    Wild speculation isn't helpful and chances your theories are correct are 0%.

    May 22, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • mark in w.v

      I know this for a fact. he left a note to how he wanted to be buried. and he was trying to blow up the bar which is cactus joes bar. they did find more bombs in his car and at least one in side the bar.

      May 22, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. Chris

    And there you go....it was personal as it most often is....

    May 22, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. guntotingliberal

    Regardless of the location of this city, it is tragic one has to resort to using such arcaic devices; pipe bombs are for mass destruction.In my view, why the bomb was made in the first place is a far second to who the bomb was intended for.

    May 22, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. mark in w.v

    he knew she was not in the bar because he left the note to her. he was going to blow up the bar because he felt that the bar was the cause of his devorce.

    May 22, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. rcyr49

    My daughter lives in West Virginia. I always had the impression that it was a fairly peaceful state. Apparently not. Unfortunatelly crime is a way of life whether we like it or not. Gina

    May 22, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      West Virginia is a pretty peaceful state.......while there is, from time to time, the occasional murder or act of violence, we have the decency to keep it in the family.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kathy

    If the males who want to do this stuff want to kill themself, fine but don't put them in places where women and children can get killed.

    May 23, 2010 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. JimUSMC

    It is Terrorism only if enough Media coverage is given to the event and the FBI sees it as a chance to promote themselves and ride the backs of real cops.

    May 23, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
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