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Conyers man charged with setting off pipe bomb in house

CONYERS — A Rockdale County man who severely injured himself when he allegedly set off a pipe bomb in his house last fall has been arrested and charged with manufacturing an explosive device.

During the course of the investigation, investigators with the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office worked with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to determine the makeup of the explosive device, said RCSO Cpl. Michael Camp. Once federal and state investigators were able to identify the materials used, the RCSO investigator assigned to the case arrested 37-year-old Kiley Stevenson Payne on Thursday for possession and manufacturing a destructive device, reckless conduct and possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce.

The arrest stems from an incident that occurred the night of Oct. 8 when Payne and his 7-year-old son were shooting off what was initially described as bottle rockets, but later determined to be pipe bombs, in the street near their duplex on Southgate Trail. At some point, Payne came back inside the home to make more, according to the initial incident report filed by the Sheriff’s Office.

Just about that time, the man’s wife, who was in the kitchen making dinner, reported she heard a loud explosion coming from the back room.

Payne reportedly ran into the kitchen, told his wife to call 911 and collapsed on the floor.

When the first deputy arrived, he saw Payne lying on the living room couch in extreme pain and covered in blood, the incident report states.

“As I was walking to the laundry room, I saw an excessive amount of blood on the floor and the walls,” the deputy stated in the report. “I went into the laundry room and noticed blood on the walls and floor.”

He said there were holes in the wall, black residue on the washing machine and several small pieces of orange plastic strewn throughout the room.

As the deputy continued to search the area, he found a bloody handprint on a bottom dresser drawer located just outside the laundry room, indicating that someone had closed it after the explosion. The drawer contained several tools, shotgun pellets and PVC glue, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

RCSO Criminal Investigation Division, the Rockdale County Fire Department, the ATF and GBI all responded to the scene, and the investigation was then turned over to the ATF.