Report of suspicious substance forces police to seal off home in Ibis Country Club

Could be bomb-making material

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The FBI has sealed off a home at 10368 Osprey Trace in Ibis Country Club in West Palm Beach.

The bureau said it was conducting an interview Thursday when agents determined there might be hazardous substances or chemicals inside the home.

The FBI says it cordoned off the residence and the cul-de-sac where the home is located and had the home evacuated.

A law enforcement source told NewsChannel 5 the suspicious substance found could be bomb-making material, but no agency has gone on record to confirm that.

NewsChannel 5 has also learned that Ibis Public Safety sent a memo to residents today that states that there's an 18-year-old male resident who was involved in the purchase of chemicals used to make explosives and was storing them at his home.

According to real estate records the property under investigation is owned by 61-year-old Margaret O'Shaughnessy. But it's not known if she lives there. She does not have a criminal record.

What the FBI calls "a specially-equipped team" is assisting in the investigation which may take an "extended period of time."

"There is no immediate danger to the surrounding residents," police spokesman Chase Scott told the Palm Beach Post. "We're taking precautions."

The FBI said the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (BATF), West Palm Beach Police Department, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, West Palm Beach Fire Rescue, and IBIS Public Safety Department are assisting the bureau.

NewsChannel 5's Marissa Bagg contributed to this report

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