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Dade county deputies search for motive behind couple's possession of pipe bombs

Bates and Ford are facing 13 counts of Possessing, transporting, receiving explosives or destructive devices with intent to kill, injure, or intimidate individuals or destroy public buildings. (Images: Dade Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

Neighbors say they never expected so many deadly weapons were inside a home on Pee Wee Street in Trenton, Georgia.

Now, the question remains was the couple planning an attack, or are they just building dangerous explosives as a hobby?

If you search "pipe bomb" on YouTube, you'll find hundreds of videos of people blowing things up with homemade contraptions for fun.

But, in 1996 a pipe bomb caused a lot of damage in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park. The blast killed one person and injured dozens of others.

It's this very kind of weapon police say they found 13 of in Robert Ford and Teshina Bates's Trenton home.

Sergeant Chad Payne said Tuesday, "We're gonna be trying to figure out what his intentions were. Why he had them, that kind of stuff. Cause that's the big deal."

The discovery is surely a big deal to Lee Riddle. He lives a couple houses down the road.

"If somebody don't do it right and somebody messes it up that's not far enough away," he said.

Riddle spends most of his time keeping watch over his house, but the retired marine says he does get out an walk by the house where the weapons were found.

"I would have never thought anything like that. I didn't know anybody lived there really," Riddle said.

After serving in battle he says he hopes to never be around explosives again and certainly not here at home.

At this time, it's still unclear why the couple had the explosives.

Bates and Ford are facing 13 counts of Possessing, transporting, receiving explosives or destructive devices with intent to kill, injure, or intimidate individuals or destroy public buildings.

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