Police investigate after explosive device found near Corbin police chief's house

Police are investigating after an explosive device was found outside the Corbin police chief's house, according to police.

The device was found after Police Chief David Campbell and officers investigated the sound of gunshots about 3:15 a.m. Sunday in the area of Chestnut Avenue and Padgett Street. The streets meet just north of Gordon Hill Pike, according to a Corbin police news release.

Campbell saw a man dressed in dark clothes fleeing the area, the news release said.

The device was made of three hand grenade fuses lashed together with parachute cord, police said. The pins were removed from the grenades.

The Kentucky State Police Hazardous Device Unit detonated the makeshift explosive device, which had enough power to puncture a gas tank on an automobile, police said.

Whoever left the device could be charged with use of a weapon of mass destruction, police said.