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MCSO: Man in custody after telling authorities he wired explosives in RV

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MOBILE COUNTY, AL (WALA) -

Intense moments come to an end in Theodore. Anthony Smith Jr., 34, is charged with two counts of making terroristic threats after authorities said he called the Mobile County Sheriff's Office claiming he wired his RV with explosives.

No bombs were found, but some neighbors had to evacuate their homes for hours until all was clear.

"He said there was a bomb ready to blow. That's what they told me. It was ready to blow."

Johnny Courtney looked out his window Monday morning to find a dozen emergency vehicles across the street. 

"I was thinking, I might need to leave. I didn't know how big of a bomb they were talking about. You never know...all kinds of thoughts...if it's got nails in it, if it's going to shoot to my house or something or what," Courtney said. 

The Mobile County Sheriff's Office said Smith called a law enforcement hotline claiming he wired the RV with explosives.

That sent the Mobile County Sheriff's Bomb Squad, K-9 Units, and Mobile Police to canvass the RV for hours, before realizing, it wasn't the only place Smith lived. Mobile Police first arrested Smith at the Knollwood Apartments in Mobile before taking him to the RV in Theodore.

There, authorities said Smith cooperated with them to determine no explosives were at either location.

Captain Paul Burch with the Mobile County Sheriff's Office said, "They did a search inside the camper. There were some commercial fireworks that you would buy at any fireworks stand, but other than that no explosives were located."

Mobile Police and The Mobile County Sheriff's Office are each charging Smith with one count of making terroristic threats that forced some neighbors like Rhonda Dickerson, to evacuate their homes.

She said, "It's really scary when you got family and my mom is 75, disabled, down at the end of the road and can't get to her." 

"We're glad everyone is safe but it was a waste of time and taxpayers money to have all of this out here," Burch added. 

Burch said Smith is a veteran with past run-ins with the law.  

Jail documents show Smith has been arrested for domestic violence charges, having a deadly weapon at a public school and third-degree robbery. 

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