Northern Colorado man arrested by FBI pleads guilty to possessing pipe bombs

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A Loveland man arrested by the FBI pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing pipe bombs.

Bradley Bunn, 55, pleaded guilty to one count of making destructive devices and four counts of possessing destructive devices, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release. Each count carriers a maximum potential sentence of 10 years in prison and three years of parole.

Bunn was arrested May 1 after the FBI executed two search warrants at his Loveland home where investigators found four explosive devices, according to a news release. The devices were made of galvanized steel pipe with end caps and fuses, and filled with explosive material.

Investigators also found bomb-making materials in his home, including steel pipes, end caps, fuses primers and bottles of smokeless powder, according to the release. 

Bunn had not registered the devices in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record and was not in compliance with any regulations in making the devices, according to the justice department. 

Larimer County property records show Bunn owns a home on Gabriel Drive in Loveland. The Larimer Emergency Telephone Authority alerted residents to police activity in the immediate blocks around that street the morning the FBI executed the searches at Bunn’s residence. 

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Bunn intended to assemble and use the homemade explosive devices against law enforcement, FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider said in a news release. 

“The operation to remove and render safe the explosives discovered in Mr. Bunn’s home averted a potentially hazardous situation from endangering innocent people in our community,” Schneider said in the release. 

The Denver Post previously reported that Bunn boasted he would bring high-powered weapons to a protest against coronavirus restrictions.

The Northern Colorado Bomb Squad, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted the FBI with the investigation. 

Bunn’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 3. 

Sady Swanson covers public safety, criminal justice, Larimer County government and more throughout Northern Colorado. You can send your story ideas to her at sswanson@coloradoan.com or on Twitter at @sadyswan. Support her work and that of other Coloradoan journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today.