Arrest made in explosives found in Florence home

John Parker. Photo provided by the Florence County Detention Center.

John Parker, 20, has been charged in connection with several bombs that were found in a Florence home Friday, according to Florence police.

Parker has been charged with 8 counts of bomb related charges. The charge is "bomb / possess, manufacture, transport destructive device or explosive or parts for damage, injury or death," according to the Florence County Detention Center website.

The State Law Enforcement Division and Florence Police were called to a home off Pickford Lane off of South Cashua Drive for a domestic dispute around 3 a.m. Friday, according to Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler.

It was indicated to officers that there were explosives in the home, Heidler said.

Police immediately evacuated four homes and eight condominiums in the surrounding area and business owners on Celebration Boulevard in Florence also said that police asked them to stay inside.

SLED's bomb team was called in to help investigate and the team detonated several devices in a field off of Celebration Boulevard in Florence Friday afternoon.

Major Carlos Raines with Florence police said multiple devices were detonated and that the detonation would be similar to that of a military grenade going off.

Police would not go in to detail about what kind of explosive devices they were.

Police said this is the first time they've found explosive devices in Florence in several years.