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Three questioned in Lakeland pipe bomb explosion

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LAKELAND, TN (WMC-TV) - Three men are being questioned in connection to a pipe bomb explosion Saturday in Lakeland.

ATF agents are questioning Robert Barlow, Brandon Starnes and Cameron Roland as suspects in connection with an accidental injury call at a home in the 6000 block of Palomino in Lakeland Saturday morning.

There, investigators said, Shelby County sheriff's deputies discovered two pipe bombs, along with bomb making materials, in a wooded area about a half a mile behind the house.

"They have not been charged at this point, but the ATF will put everything together," said Shelby County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Chip Washington. "There will be charges filed against these three at some point based on the determination of their investigation."

Roland remained in the hospital Monday, under treatment for injuries suffered when one of the bombs exploded.

"He severely injured his foot," Washington said. "Apparently, he was working on one of the devices when it went off and severely injured his right foot."
Investigators said Barlow lives at the home where the explosion happened.

Barlow and Starnes also have criminal records.  According to court documents, Barlow faces a number of charges including vandalism, theft of property, driving with a suspended-revoked-or canceled license, and drug paraphernalia.

Starnes' past charges include speeding, burglary, and driving under the influence or intoxication of drugs.

While investigators try to determine what led to the explosion, neighbors are awaiting answers.

"Obviously, it was a pretty scary situation when you come to a scene and you see ingredients put together that would make a pipe bomb, which is extremely dangerous," Washington said.

ATF agents will present the findings of their investigation to the US Attorney's Office.

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