Explosive material in Midtown home did not belong to MPD

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The explosive material found in the basement of a Midtown Memphis home did not belong to Memphis Police Department.

Officers worked to clear out explosive materials from a home on Vinton Avenue on March 12 and 13. The materials were found inside the walls of a home that once belonged to former Memphis Police Lieutenant Charles Moore.

A sewage leak on March 12 led to the discovery of the highly explosive materials inside the home where Moore's grandson now lives.

Police said that day, a plumber knocked over a bottle, which began to smoke.

Neighbors and investigators speculated that the explosive materials were at one time property of the police department.

MPD investigated those claims and determined they were not true. The materials found in the home never belonged to MPD. It remains unclear why the explosives were being stored in the Midtown home.

The woman who found the explosive materials told MPD she believed they included acid, gunpowder, C4, and blasting caps.

When asked what materials were found inside the home, MPD said "No C4 was located."

According to one police report, Moore's daughter told investigators her father put those items in the basement.

Memphis investigators still aren't sure why such dangerous materials were stored in the home.

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