Police discover live pipe bomb in vehicle close to Van Wert Elem.

Multiple agencies respond to a pipe bomb discovery in a vehicle close to Dunns Convenience Store
Multiple agencies respond to a pipe bomb discovery in a vehicle close to Dunn's Convenience Store

A simple seat belt violation turned into a full fledged bomb threat in the Van Wert area Wednesday morning. According to Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd, a routine traffic stop on a vehicle close to Dunn’s Convenience Store on Old Atlanta Highway revealed a live pipe bomb inside the suspects’ vehicle. Further investigations led police to the suspect’s house that had been suspected for some time to be involved in some drug activity. Dodd said that he coordinated with the Polk School District and recommended that nearby Van Wert Elementary School be evacuated as a precaution.  The children were picked up by parents at Rockmart High School following the end of the school day and were at no time in danger according to Buddy Harrison, Polk School District Director of Student Services. Chief Dodd confirmed that those arrested included 37 year old Christopher Brian Watford and 27 year old Robert Wayne Lilly both of 376 Old Atlanta Highway in Rockmart. Dodd also said the house belongs to Watford’s mother but both suspects are believed to live there. Both men face charges of meth possession and possession of explosive device. Watford also faces charges of driving with a suspended license and not wearing a seat belt.