Topeka men charged with making, possessing pipe bomb

TOPEKA, Kansas — One Topeka man is charged in a federal indictment with making a pipe bomb and another is charged with possessing a pipe bomb.

Joseph E. Rogers, 35, Topeka, is charged with one count of making a destructive device.

The device is described as a length of metal tubing inserted into a PVC pipe, which was then inserted into a cardboard tube. A length of pyrotechnic fuse was inserted through a hole in the wall of the pipes, and paper and lead end plugs were added along with a quantity of explosives identified as smokeless powder. The indictment says the device was capable of causing serious injury or death to persons near it if it exploded.

Kyle C. Roe, 21, Topeka, was charged with possessing the device.

The crimes are alleged to have occurred Nov. 13, 2012, in Shawnee County.

If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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