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Police report: Mom thought son arrested for destructive device was joking about making bombs

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Greenwood suspicious item investigation (Source: Greenwood PD) Greenwood suspicious item investigation (Source: Greenwood PD)
GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Greenwood Police Department has charged a man after a destructive device was found in a home on May 9. 

Around 11 a.m., officers said they had the 200 block of Manning Road blocked off due to the investigation, which was being conducted at a home. Police said a resident of the house was recently evicted and officials found a small cylinder wrapped in tape.

Officers said they are working with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and Greenwood Fire Department to make sure there is no danger to the public.

SLED's bomb unit was called in and detonated the device.

No one was hurt.

On May 19, Greenwood police confirmed an arrest had been made in the case.

Brandon Beckham, 36, was charged with manufacturing a destructive device.

According to the police report, Beckham's mother kicked him out of the house on May 5. A few days prior to that, police said she saw Beckham working with items in the garage and when she asked him what he was working on, he said he was making bombs.

"She thought he was joking and did not think anything else about it," the report states.

After Beckham moved out, his mother told police she was cleaning out his items when she found the device.

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