SC hospital finds explosive in patient’s bag

Apr 15, 2012, 3:45 AM

UNION, S.C. (AP) – Authorities say a patient at a South Carolina hospital faces a charge of possessing explosives after hospital security found a device in his bag and police later found pipe bombs at his home.

Union County Sheriff David Taylor said nurses at Wallace Thomson Hospital called security Friday about a patient whom they feared was going to become combative upon being confronted about possibly self-medicating. A hospital security officer called deputies after finding an explosive in the man’s bag. Deputies say the glass bottle had sealant on top and gun powder inside.

The patient, 51-year-old Jeffrey Glenn Rash, is under guard at the hospital, charged with possession of explosive/incendiary devices.

Rash’s wife, Deborah, said Saturday that her husband does not have an attorney yet. She declined further comment.

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SC hospital finds explosive in patient’s bag