After hours of preparation, the bomb squad successfully detonated explosives found inside of a Southeast Charlotte home during a homicide investigation.
While conducting a routine search of the home after 65-year-old Al Brewer was pronounced dead, detectives say they found suspicious items that appeared to be homemade explosives.
Neighbors said three homes were then evacuated as a precaution.
The bomb squad detonated the explosives, that were described as similar to the make-up of pipe bombs, late Tuesday night.
The discovery of Brewer's body was reported around 3 p.m. Monday on the 1000 block of Sharon Amity Road, according to a news release from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
Police say they found Brewer dead inside of the home after a friend discovered him and called 911.
That friend told WBTV he went to Brewer's home after not hearing from him, and found the door open.
"We were lucky that we didn't have to leave. At the same time they told us to be careful with our windows in case something did explode," said Megan Francis, who lives nearby.
The man who discovered Brewer's body describes him as a sweet man who would help anybody. He said that Brewer was eccentric and enjoyed making fireworks to blow up on the train tracks.
He said when he found his friend he saw blood on the floor, but thought it was caused by Brewer falling.
Tuesday, the medical examiner ruled Brewer's death a homicide, but police have not released a cause of death.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.
You can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers mobile app website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.
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