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Police detonate device during gas line tampering investigation

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PLANO, Texas -

Police early Tuesday detonated an object they found while investigating a man for allegedly tampering with a natural gas line.

At about 1:30 a.m., investigators removed the unidentified device from a house in the 3200 block of Anchor Drive in Plano. They used a containment vessel to transport the possible explosive to rural Kaufman County, where they denoted it inside a hole at about 3:30 a.m.

The device was discovered while local and federal authorities investigate an unidentified man who they said tried to blow up an Atmos gas line on Monday.

The man was critically injured during the incident, which happened just after midnight in the 3600 block of W Parker Road, in the central portion of the city.

Investigators responding to reports of a loud boom said they found the bloodied man near a damaged natural gas station that was leaking gas.

Police said the man made up a story about having been hit by a car while jogging. Rather, they said, he was hurt while successfully detonating an explosive device he had attached to the gas pipe.

The FBI has assumed the lead role in the investigation. Plano police and ATF agents are assisting.

Officials have not released details about the man's identity because he has not yet been charged with any crime and his alleged motive remains unclear.

Neighbors who live near the house that was searched talked about a man in his 30s who lives there with his parents.

"I've seen him in the front yard looking very aggressive, maybe. That's about it. That's all I know. Just like someone that you don't want to go and say hello to," said Arne Virik.

Another neighbor described him as unemployed and increasingly withdrawn over the last few months.

"He definitely was researching and talking about writing a book and said he was working on a novel about the New World Order, about conspiracy theories, about things like that," he said.

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