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Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Found Outside Entrance To Food Center In St. Thomas


CHARLOTTE AMALIE — An improvised explosive device (IED) was discovered outside a popular grocery store in Red Hook, St. Thomas early this morning, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned.

Authorities removed the device — in the form of an ordinary pressure cooker — about 9:40 a.m. today in front of the entrance for Food Center in Estate Frydenhoj, sources said.

A bomb disposal unit has been deployed from Puerto Rico by the U.S. Army to safely dispose of the IED.

A pressure cooker can be used as a bomb if explosive material and a blasting cap is inserted into it, according to Wikipedia.

Pressure cookers were used as explosive devices in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

Government House (which is responsible for the Virgin Islands Fire Services) and the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) did not immediately respond to a request for further information about this breaking news story.

Government House spokeswoman Cherie Munchez and VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte did not return VI Freep requests for information.

110402-F-XM360-212 CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (April 2, 2011) -- U.S. Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade John Maurus (left), Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team 11 leader, runs with members of his team during the EOD Memorial five kilometer run on April 2. The run was organized by the EOD team to raise awareness of the sacrifice of EOD technicians worldwide, and bring attention to the EOD Memorial Foundation, a non-profit organization established on behalf of wounded or deceased EOD technicians and their families. (AFRICOM photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Dawn M. Price)
A U.S. Military Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team in action.


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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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