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Davenport man arrested, charged after setting off pipe bomb in boat, police say

A joint investigation began along the 1700 block of Spring Street before ending with the arrest of Jon Kucharo, 46, at a home along the 1600 block of 12th Street.

DAVENPORT, Iowa — A Davenport man is facing several charges for allegedly detonating a pipe bomb inside of a boat along the 1700 block of Spring Street Wednesday morning, according to the Davenport Police Department.

This incident is what led to a home along the 1600 block of 12th Street being surrounded by the ATF, FBI, Quad Cities Bomb Squad and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation later Wednesday afternoon. 

Jon Kucharo, 46, of Davenport was arrested as a result of the joint investigation and charged with second-degree arson and four counts of possession of an incendiary device. 

According to criminal complaints, Kucharo placed the pipe bomb inside a pontoon boat and intentionally lit it with a fuse. The device caused more than $750 in damages. 

A search warrant revealed containers of black powder and fuse material in Kucharo's car. His cellphone also had "multiple videos" of four pipe bombs in the front seat that were similar to the device found inside the boat. 

The 1600 block of 12th Street was blocked off at N Division and Sturdevant streets for at least a few hours. 

Kucharo is being held at the Scott County Jail, according to online records

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