Amherst man charged with manufacturing, possession of explosive device

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AMHERST, Va. (WFXR) – Virginia State Police have charged an Amherst man with one felony count of manufacturing/possession of an explosive device during a Monday night traffic stop.

The incident occurred just after 8 p.m. on May 25 as police became alerted to a vehicle being sought by the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office.

A trooper located the vehicle and began to initiate a traffic stop of the Toyota pick-up at approximately 8:22 p.m., according to police.

The driver complied and pulled over on the southbound exit ramp of Route 501/29 for Wards Road in Lynchburg.

Gregory T. Maddox, 51, of Monroe, VA was taken into custody without incident.

The vehicle was searched and the trooper discovered a suspicious device.

Bomb technicians with the Virginia State Police responded to the scene and declared the device as being safe.

As the investigation into the device continued, it was determined to be a homemade explosive device.

Maddox was transported to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail.

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