Police: Explosive that failed to detonate found next to pizza restaurant in Pocono Lake

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POCONO LAKE, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A suspect is in jail after an explosive device was found at a Poconos pizza place. Court documents reveal the targeted restaurant is owned by his ex-wife’s family.

Sunday, police responded to Dominic’s Pizza to investigate a possible explosive device. When they arrived, the owner told them she already had an idea of who might have put it there. She said she believed it was personal.

The owner of Dominic’s Pizza in Pocono Lake called police when an employee found what appeared to be a homemade explosive. Pocono Mountain Regional Police officers cleared out the restaurant, isolating the device from the public. The Scranton Police Explosive Ordinance Team arrived at the scene and determined the device was an explosive that failed to detonate.

According to the affidavit, this is where the employee found the device. It was wrapped in black tape and looked burned. Police say the restaurant owner told them she suspected her brother-in-law, 62-year-old Gerald Rizzo. She said he is separated from her sister and harasses her family.

She told police, and they confirmed, Rizzo recently bought a bag of fuses at a nearby fireworks store.
In the police report, officers say Rizzo showed up to the scene while they were waiting for the bomb unit to arrive. They say he seemed drunk.

Rizzo occupied a garage next to the restaurant. When police searched the garage, they found materials Rizzo allegedly used to make the device. In the affidavit police say if the device exploded it would be powerful enough to injuring anyone nearby.

Rizzo faces charges of risking a catastrophe, recklessly endangering another person, and driving under the influence.

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