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Plot to blow up KY National Guard center not credible

(PHOTO: Boone County Sheriff's Office) (PHOTO: Boone County Sheriff's Office)
Justin Phillips (PHOTO: Boone County Sheriff's Office) Justin Phillips (PHOTO: Boone County Sheriff's Office)
Matthew Geohegan (PHOTO: Boone County Sheriff's Office) Matthew Geohegan (PHOTO: Boone County Sheriff's Office)
(PHOTO: Flickr/ Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office) (PHOTO: Flickr/ Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office)
BURLINGTON, KY (FOX19) -

An alleged plot to blow up the Kentucky Army National Guard Readiness Center in Burlington was possibly foiled after an anonymous tipster warned investigators.

According to documents obtained by FOX19 NOW Investigates, the anonymous caller told detectives that Justin Phillips and a second man named "Matt" were planning to detonate an explosive device at the Readiness Center. 

A June 30 investigation ultimately concluded neither man was a credible threat. 

The unidentified man told the detectives that Phillips asked the anonymous caller to join his "resistance group." The caller added the suspects set off a test bomb last month and were subsequently arrested, documents show.

"We notified the readiness center. We notified the FBI and we started our own surveillance," said Boone County Sheriff Office's Public Information Officer, Tom Scheben. "We also put out an email through our department with what cars they drive, what cars we know that they drive and their pictures with that whole idea of extra patrols at the Readiness Center." 

On May 8, Phillips and Matthew Geohegan were arrested after Boone County Sheriff's deputies responded to Gunpowder Road after receiving several calls for a loud explosion. 

Court documents show that Phillips and Geohegan admitted to detonating a homemade bomb and smoking marijuana before setting off the device. 

Geohegan, 28, was charged with possession of marijuana, possessing drug paraphernalia, criminal trespassing and public intoxication of a controlled substance. Phillips, 20, was charged with public intoxication of a controlled substance and criminal trespassing. 

On June 30, the two men were confronted again by deputies at their homes. Deputies found black gunpowder to make explosive devices but after their investigation concluded neither of the men were credible threats.

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