FRANKFORT — It took seven hours Tuesday for crews to destroy explosive materials found inside a home, and residents of 20 homes evacuated in the area were forced to stay away for much of the day.
The materials were found at 145 Northwood Road. Franklin County Sheriff Steve Clark said that at 10:30 p.m. Monday, deputies served an arrest warrant there for Joshua Drew Logan, 31, on a contempt of court charge, and they smelled marijuana.
Police said they arrested Logan, and when they went back into the home after getting consent from Logan's mother to search it, they found 100 marijuana plants and what appeared to be a volatile substance.
The Lexington Police Emergency Response Unit was called about 2 a.m. Tuesday, Lexington Assistant Police Chief James Jackson said.
At 7:30 a.m., police evacuated homes within a 300-yard radius of 145 Northwood. Local, state and federal law enforcement officials set up a perimeter around the house. Police tracked the names of reporters and residents as they went as far as was permitted on Northwood.
The explosive materials were destroyed about 2:30 p.m., but the street remained closed until 9:30 p.m., when residents were allowed to return to their homes.
Trooper Ron Turley of the Kentucky State Police said experts dug holes in the back yard and detonated the explosive materials in the holes. He said the materials could have been used to make a bomb.
According to court records in Franklin County, Logan has a few traffic violations, but no record of serious crimes. It appears the contempt charge stemmed from a pending divorce case.
Logan has been charged with five counts of wanton endangerment and one count of cultivating marijuana, with more charges pending, according to a press release.
"When no one gets hurt, we win," Clark said. "We're very fortunate that it ended in a peaceful way."
Investigators would not say whether Logan lived at the home. Clark said Logan had been on an overseas tour. He did not know whether Logan had worked with explosives.
Residents of the neighborhood said they were shocked by all of the activity there.
Kari Williams, who lives on a nearby street, said some of her relatives who live on Northwood were evacuated.
"This is a quiet neighborhood," she said. "We were surprised. Surprised and amazed."