Improvised Explosive Device found September 16, 2001
JAMES CITY COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT
Monday, September 17, 2001
The James City County Fire Marshals office is seeking information concerning an “improvised explosive device” that was found early Sunday morning (Sept. 16th) at the Masjid Abdul Aziz, Islamic Center of Williamsburg. The center is located on John Tyler Highway in James City County.
Sunday, Sept. 16th at 7:43 a.m. the James City County 911 center received a call reporting the incident. James City County Police Officers were dispatched to the scene. The police officers requested the Fire Marshals response after it was determined an explosive devise was involved.
The device consisted of a plastic container holding a flammable liquid. In addition to the flammable liquid, the device also had an anti-personnel component. We will not release the specifics of the anti-personnel component. Although not a technically sophisticated device, it was viable. An attempt had been made to explode the device, however it malfunctioned and the device did not detonate.
Anti-personnel devices include any device that contains material that will project shrapnel causing injury to people at a distance greater that what would normally be affected by the explosive device itself. An example would include an explosive device containing nails that would be propelled from the device with the sole purpose of causing higher casualties.
Information to make this type of device is readily available on the internet, and the materials to construct it are readily available in any community. This incident is under active investigation by the Fire Marshals office, there are no suspects at this time.
We ask that anyone with information concerning this crime or any related incident, please call the Crime Line at (757) 253-8677 or the James City County Fire Marshal’s Office at (757) 220-0626.