Florida Man Arrested For Making Bombs in His Basement

A Florida man has been arrested on suspicion of manufacturing an explosive chemical powerful enough to blow up a neighborhood block, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and local reports said.

Jared Coburn, 37, was arrested in Lake Helen, Florida, on Tuesday after police received a tip about explosive materials at his home.

Police discovered jars of the highly explosive substance triacetone triperoxide, which is a white crystal powder called the “Mother of Satan” by terrorist groups like Al Qaeda. The substance was used in the 2017 Manchester bombing, the 2015 Paris attacks and by “Shoe Bomber” Richard Reid in 2001, according to Sheriff Mike Chitwood.

Coburn told police that he began making explosives when he discovered a passion for model rockets and began to experiment with other types of explosives when those model rockets weren’t exciting enough, according to a police report. Coburn said he used YouTube videos to “progress his knowledge,” the report says. Coburn also told police he wasn’t actually making bombs, he was just trying to create his own version of fireworks.

Chitwood said the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were at the house to help them move the substance, adding that police would use a robot to move and detonate the chemicals.

Later in the night, police tweeted: “If you heard a boom in Lake Helen, that was us detonating one of the items. All good. There will be more booms, so don’t be alarmed!”

Coburn has been charged with making or possessing explosives and two counts of making or possessing a destructive device, according to police records.

Coburn has been charged with making or possessing explosives and two counts of making or possessing a destructive device, according to police records.