A man accused of planting an IED (improvised explosive device) inside a parking lot on Thursday has finally been arrested. 30-year-old Stephen Powers has been charged with possessing and using an explosive device and committing an act of terrorism. The Williamsburg Police arrested him at his home in Gloucester without incident.
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The Williamsburg Police received a call around 5 p.m. Thursday that a car was on fire near the corner of South Boundary and Francis, very close to the College of William and Mary campus. A joint task force was put together made up of the FBI, Newport News Police Department; Colonial Williamsburg; Virginia State Police; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives all came together and determined an IED had been detonated in the parking lot there.
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Williamsburg Police Major Greg Riley announced the device went off around rush hour but amazingly no one had been injured. Authorities blocked off the area and searched for additional evidence before ultimately deeming the area safe again Friday evening. Colonial Williamsburg officials made a statement pleading for the public's help.
"The safety of our guests, employees, and community members remains our top concern. We ask anyone who may have seen something or who has information about this incident to please contact the Williamsburg Police."
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