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Deputies: Pipe bomb found at Union hospital

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Parts of the pipe bombs deputies confiscated. (April 13, 2012/Union Co. Sheriff's Office) Parts of the pipe bombs deputies confiscated. (April 13, 2012/Union Co. Sheriff's Office)
UNION, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Union County deputies said a patient at Wallace Thomson Hospital had a pipe bomb with him Friday, and more bombs were found at his home.

Deputies said nurses notified security that a patient, identified as 51-year-old Jeffrey Rash, may have been self-medicating in addition to what doctors had given him, and they were afraid he may become combative. Then when security searched Rash's belongings on Friday, they said they discovered some type of explosive device and called deputies.

When deputies arrived at the hospital, they said they found a small glass bottle with some kind of sealant on top and what looked like gun powder inside. Deputies said a bomb squad searched the hospital, and no other explosives were found.

SLIDESHOW: Pipe bombs found in Union County

Deputies said that a search of the Rash's Stepp Road home revealed seven more pipe bombs in a dresser drawer.

"The guys were surprised at the amount of explosives put in these bombs," said Union County Sheriff David Taylor.

Rash had been at the hospital since Wednesday, deputies said. His friends told FOX Carolina's Adrian Acosta that Rash was being treated for kidney problems.

Deputies said Rash has been guarded at the hospital since the bomb was found. They said he will likely remain in the hospital for treatment until Monday, when he will see a judge.

Taylor said Rash was charged with possession of an explosive device, but will likely face federal charges in connection with the bombs.

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