Pickens County Courthouse bomb suspect behind bars

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PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A man is behind bars in connection to a bombing at the Pickens County Courthouse.

Jail records show Michael Lambert Seabrooke was arrested Tuesday.

An official with the U.S. District Attorney’s Office confirmed Seabrooke faces federal charges in the explosion at the Pickens County Courthouse. 

During an initial appearance Wednesday in federal court, US District Attorney Lance Crick said he felt Seabrooke was a threat to the community and denied to set a bond.

Crick says, “ this was a very scary time for the people of Pickens.”
Federal Court papers show that two metal pipe bombs at the courthouse attached to a propane cylinder exploded, but did not ignite the propane. 
According to Crick, “ make no mistake this could’ve been a lot worse.” 

A Pickens City judge charged Seabrooke with detonate destructive device without malice or death, two counts of possession or threaten use of a weapon of mass destruction no death and willful injury to courthouse or jail, according to jail records. His bond amount for those charges totaled to $100,000. He also had a previous family court warrant for child support.

Seabrooke was out on bond from a previous incident in Columbia when he was arrested Tuesday.

Police said no one was hurt when two devices that appeared to be homemade pipe bombs detonated around 11:15 p.m. Sunday near an exterior wall of the Pickens County Courthouse.

Pickens Police Chief Travis Riggs says, “ we are a very small community, upset a lot of people, had a lot of them scared, a little anxiety and I believe they knew we were there for them.”

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Posted by WSPA 7News on Wednesday, July 10, 2019

On Tuesday morning, the Pickens County Department of Social Services was evacuated after two suspicious packages were found on the building’s roof.   

7News was previously told that Seabrooke mentioned the Pickens County DSS building.

It’s unclear if investigators found explosives there. 

Pickens Police Department referred questions to the U.S. District Attorney’s Office.

Several law enforcement agencies assisted in the investigation, including the ATF, FBI, Pickens Police Department, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. 

Seabrooke will be held at the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

He will have another hearing on July 15.

Check back for updates on this developing story. 

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