D’Iberville man headed to prison after former roommate discovers pipe bombs

Authorities: Pipe bombs found at Jackson County home
Published: Apr. 24, 2019 at 1:10 PM CDT
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GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A D'Iberville man will spend five years in prison after authorities found multiple pipe bombs, including a working device, in a home where he used to live.

Mark Clayton Bosarge, Jr., 29, will also be on three years of supervised release for possession of a firearm not registered in the National Firearms and Transfer Record. And he was ordered to pay an $8,000 fine.

The devices were discovered in June of 2018 by a man living at a home on Big Ridge Road. He told investigators he discovered the bombs inside a chest left behind by his former roommates that recently moved out.

At the time the devices were found, an ATF agent told WLOX News one of the devices was fully functional. A witness said agents spent hours outside the home that night making sure the device was defused.

An investigation by ATF agents confirmed the homemade explosive HMTD, threaded pipe, and end caps for at least three pipe bombs, along with improvised detonators and a control box. Officials said when assembled, the devices were capable of causing property damage and injury or death to persons nearby.

These devices qualify as firearms under federal statute and must be registered to be legitimately possessed. And as a felon, Bosarge was not eligible to register or possess any firearm. Bosarge has prior a felony conviction for grand larceny in Harrison County.

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