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Police find probation violator with bombs; More than 12 devices discovered in bedroom

A Falls Street man wanted on a probation violation is now accused of making homemade bombs in his house.

The neighborhood in the 2800 block of Falls Street was evacuated Tuesday night when warrant officers Troy Earp and Tina Zell went into the house of Thomas Jamieson and found the potentially deadly devices in a bedroom, city police said. The bombs were later found to be inactive.

Jamieson, 25, was charged on a warrant with violating his probation and is expected to be charged with criminal possession of a weapon, Detective Lt. Michael Trane said Wednesday.

Trane said Jamieson told police that making the homemade bombs was something he enjoyed and that he had bought things at local hobby shops, including jet fuel and gun powder, to make his homemade bombs.

"We learned later that none of the bombs were live or set to go off," Trane said. "But it was a poor choice of a recreational hobby."

Because there were more than a dozen potential bombs, the Police Department evacuated the area, Trane said, including removing Jamieson's mother from the house.

"If one of them goes off by mistake, then you are going to have a big problem," Trane said. Also responding, as a precaution, were deputies with the Erie County Sheriff's Bomb Squad, and federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Trane said officers determined there was no terrorism-related activity. Jamieson will be prosecuted locally.