Documents: Suspect 'Boosie' accused leaving explosive made of fireworks, BBs in Abilene motel

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - A suspect arrested by Abilene's Bomb Squad Wednesday is accused of leaving an explosive device made out of fireworks and BBs inside an Abilene motel room,. 

Keilyn Batts, 28, is now behind bars in the Taylor County Jail on a $100,000 bond issued for a Possession of a Prohibited Weapon charge. 

Court documents state a cleaning lady found the 'suspicious item' underneath a bed at Motel 6 then called police in December of 2016.

The explosive device, described in the documents as a "black bottle with black tape around it with a fuse coming out of the cap", had "numerous loose BBs and a pill that contained a commercial fireworks launch tube" inside. 

An APD-conducted burn test proved the device met the definition of an "explosive weapon". according to the documents, which state this test, "clearly indicated the substance inside the . . . cardboard tube was a propellant consistent with black powder and start type charges."

Police then interviewed the woman who had paid for the motel room, and the documents state she told police a man named 'Boosie', later identified as Batts, came to her room for a shower, brought a few bags, then left. She believed he had taken his bags with him and says she even babysat a small child in the same room overnight.

Once police learned Batts' real name and brought him in for questioning, the documents state he admitted to seeing the explosive and said he "'popped' the device open out of curiosity," claiming that's why his fingerprints would be on the outside and inside of the device.

This device has been registered with the National Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. 

 


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