LAKE HELEN, FL (WESH) Florida’s Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and Lake Helen police say they are grateful for an anonymous tip about a volatile chemical that had the potential of blowing up a neighborhood block.
They said the man behind it is highly intelligent and did so for recreational use.
“We went inside and spoke with the subject inside, and we went into his room with his approval and noticed bomb making materials,” said Lake Helen Police Chief Mike Walker.
The chief contacted the bomb squad and they moved the material, which was in mason jars, to a nearby field. The material tested positive for triacetone triperoxide.
“It is highly volatile. Al-Qaeda has dubbed this chemical ‘The Mother of Satan.’ It was last used in 2017, Paris attacks in 2015, and also used by the shoe bomber,” Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said.
Jared Coburn, 37, who lived with his uncle in the home, was taken into custody and will be charged with making explosive devices.