Colorado veteran allegedly kept pipe bombs to thwart home invasions

A Colorado veteran who reportedly served in Iraq armed himself with several pipe bombs to protect himself against a possible home invasion, authorities and relatives said.

Bradley Bunn, a 53-year-old Army vet whose daughter said he never fully recovered from his time in Iraq, was arrested early Friday after FBI agents found four pipe bombs and two 1-pound containers of .308-caliber cartridge reloading gunpowder during a search of his car and Loveland home, according to the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado.

The containers of gunpowder found at Bunn’s home could be used as a potential pipe bomb component, investigators said. After making the find, bomb technicians took the devices to a range where they were “successfully rendered safe,” federal prosecutors said in a statement Sunday.

During an interview with FBI agents, Bunn told investigators he wasn’t sure how he constructed the pipe bombs, according to a criminal complaint obtained by NBC News.

“Because I don’t know much about this stuff, I don’t exactly know what went into the device that I built,” Bunn said. “That’s the best that I can tell you.”

Pressed further, Bunn told investigators he planned to use the devices if someone made a late-night “hard entry” into his residence – or a home invasion, according to the complaint.

If he was targeted by anyone wanting to break into his home, Bunn surmised that intruders would “clump” together rather than spread out due to fear, the complaint states.

Agents also allegedly found other pipe bomb components in Bunn’s residence, including galvanized steel pipes, end caps, shotgun primers, fuses and smokeless powder, NBC News reports.

Bunn, who has been charged with possession of destructive devices, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

Bunn’s daughter, meanwhile, told KCNC that her father had not been the same since his Army unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device while serving in Iraq in 2003.

The relative, who declined to be identified, said Bunn was upset about the treatment he received during his military service and the circumstances of how he left the Army. Bunn’s prior military record could not be immediately confirmed, the station reports.

A source close to the investigation told the station that Bunn indicated he planned to attend a “reopen now” rally Friday in Denver with a firearm. Investigators raided his home just hours before the demonstration outside of the Colorado State Capitol Building, KCNC reports.

“That’s scary, that’s really scary,” neighbor Judy Daulton said. “He isn’t very friendly.”

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