Pipe bomb found inside closet of Franklin home

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FRANKLIN — Franklin police were called to a home early Thursday to investigate what appeared to be a pipe bomb found in a closet.

The Milwaukee County Bomb Squad was called to the home around 2 a.m. Thursday. The team confirmed the six to eight-inch pipe was a live, electronic explosive device. The device was crimped at both ends and contained explosive powder.

The bomb squad removed the device from the home — and later rendered it safe with multiple explosive charges. The team did so at a remote location.

Police arrested a 20-year-old Franklin man and a 17-year-old Franklin man in a parking lot on West Rawson Avenue for delivery of a controlled substance. Information developed from those arrests led police to obtain a search warrant at the Franklin home where the pipe bomb was discovered.

Police say they recovered a large amount of controlled substances, four guns (two of which were homemade), one pipe bomb and other bomb-making materials in the home.

Franklin police say their investigation is ongoing.

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