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Cops: Lawrenceville man had no attacks planned with explosives

LAWRENCEVILLE -- An exact motive has yet to be determined, but authorities don't believe the Lawrenceville man arrested in possession with dozens of homemade explosives had any attacks planned.

Spencer Allen Braswell, 53, was arrested Wednesday evening after Lawrenceville police and the Gwinnett County explosive ordinance disposal team spent several hours at his Springlake Drive home, determining the nature of several small devices found inside.

Braswell was ultimately arrested and has been charged with possessing or manufacturing a destructive device, a felony. Jail records show he is being held without bond.

Lawrenceville police Capt. Greg Vaughn would not describe the exact nature of the believed explosives, but said they ranged in size from "a larger firecracker" to about "the size of a Coke can." A specific number of devices was not released.

Vaughn said Braswell had not revealed any motive he might have had, but officials don't believe the alleged homemade bombs posed a major threat.

"We do not feel like there's any type of domestic terrorism involved here," Vaughn said. "We don't have any type of indication that he was planning any attacks or anything like that."

Lawrenceville police were originally called to Springlake Drive Wednesday when a nearby officer reported hearing gunshots in the area. The officer reportedly noticed the suspicious device in Braswell's home and called in support.

After putting their primary focus on the explosive devices Wednesday, Vaughn said the report or nature of the gunshots had not been discovered. It was unclear if they were connected to Braswell specifically.

Vaughn said the neighborhood backs up to a wooded area where the department periodically responds to "shots fired" calls. He reiterated Thursday that it remained early in the investigation.

"There's still a lot of questions that we would like to have answered," Vaughn said.