Police arrested a man who was allegedly designing a “weapon of mass destruction” inside his DeBary, Florida home, CBS Orlando affiliate WKMG-TV reports. Explosive devices, 200 containers of acids, unknown powders, and chemicals similar to those used in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing were discovered inside the residence.
On Sunday, police responded to a domestic disturbance call after 31-year-old Christopher Langer allegedly told his parents he put an explosive substance inside a grenade, according to CBS News.
"My adult son is drunk, he's boisterous, he's knocking furniture down, he's just out of control," Scott Langer, Christopher’s father, told the 911 dispatcher, according to the Washington Post. "There's a whole coffee table full of 12-ounce beer cans, plus he's probably had I'm guessing a quarter of a 1.75-liter bottle of tequila. So he's had a lot to drink."
Police said Langer was intoxicated when he threw the grenade outside. In the backyard, police found a SpongeBob SquarePants lunchbox, which was being used as a booby trap. They evacuated the home and found the bomb-making materials.
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood stated that Langer was just one step away from creating a “weapon of mass destruction.”
"That domestic violence call probably saved us from making national and international news," Chitwood told WKMG-TV. "He has all the components in there to make a weapon of mass destruction."
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confiscated at least 79 containers, which have been placed in a containment area.
Chitwood called Langer was an anti-government heroin addict who seeked revenge on first responders. He said first responders recently revived him with Narcan after he a heroin overdose.
"Two weeks ago, we saved your goddamn life, and now we're here, two weeks later, and you're talking about how you want to blow us all up," Chitwood said.
Langer has been charged with making and possessing a destructive device. It is unclear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.
[Photo: Volusia County Sheriff Department]