Law enforcement officers on Wednesday successfully confiscated and destroyed an explosive device in Auburn.

According to reports, the Auburn Police Department (APD) responded to a call from a business in the Auburn Technology Park that shots had been fired late on Tuesday night or early on Wednesday morning.

The APD developed 30-year-old Quintevis Jaquez Phillips as a suspect and made contact with him during the investigation. Police said they discovered he was in possession of both an explosive device and a firearm without a permit.

A bomb squad was brought in and successfully destroyed the explosive. Police arrested Phillips and charged him with possession of a destructive device and possessing a pistol without a permit. 

The Auburn Police continued the investigation by issuing a search warrant for a residence in Auburn, where they recovered several items consistent with the explosive device previously retrieved from Phillips.

Police arrested Quintevis Phillips, Jaquez Phillips’s relative and the occupant of the residence, and charged him with possessing a pistol without a permit.

Officers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office evacuated and blocked off the street where the residence is located.

Both men have been detained. Quintevis Phillips is being held on a $103,000 bond, and Johnny Phillips is being held on a $100,000 bond.

No injuries or property damage has been reported. 

Reports claim the case is still under investigation, and there may be additional charges.

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