A Florida man is accused of having an explosive chemical that the terrorist group al-Qaida has dubbed the "mother of satan" in his central Florida home.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports Lake Helen Police acted on a tip Tuesday when they went to the home of 37-year-old Jared Coburn and found triacetone triperoxide, also known as TATP.
Coburn allegedly told authorities he had been trying to make "his own version of a firework;" however, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that the highly dangerous chemical has been used in deadly terrorist attacks across the world.
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood told the media that authorities believe Coburn must have been experienced in working with the chemical.
"I think the general consensus from the experts is this guy is pretty intelligent and pretty savvy, that he's able to produce this and not have blown himself or anything else up accidentally," he said, as quoted by local news station WKMG.
Lake Helen Police officers discovered the chemical, along with two homemade explosives and bomb-making paraphernalia, after receiving a tip that explosive materials were inside the home.
"It was a shock, it was definitely a shock," Lake Helen Police Department Chief Mike Walker said, according to the release.
They contacted the sheriff's department who dispatched their bomb team to the scene. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were also called to the home.
Experts decided the materials were too volatile to be transported to another location and opted to detonate the chemical in a field close to Coburn's home.
"Through the rest of the night, the robot is going to take it out," Chitwood said, according to WKMG. "We're going to pre-dig a hole, put it in and detonate it in the hole because it is too volatile to put in our trucks."
They detonated a total of seven "countercharges," the sheriff's department said.
Coburn was taken to Volusia County Corrections and is facing charges of manufacturing an explosive device, along with several other explosive-related charges, jail records show.
Investigators credit the tip they received with preventing any possible injury or attack.
“If we wouldn’t have gotten that tip, who would know if we would’ve ever found out. Or it may have been after the fact, a very volatile situation would have taken place and somebody could’ve gotten hurt or, God forbid, killed. So we’re very grateful for that anonymous tip," Lt. Lou Marino, of the Volusia County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad said in the release.
The terrorism task force was at the scene Tuesday night and the FAA posted a temporary no-fly zone.
The Associated Press contribute to this report.
[Photo: Volusia County Corrections]
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