David Aaron Romine, a man in his early thirties has reportedly been accused to collecting materials enough to make a deadly bomb in his Athens, Georgia apartment. The 31-year old man has reportedly been taken into custody after a sort of scare during which around two dozen homes in the neighborhood were evacuated.
Latest reports suggest that the man was denied bond Thursday following his arrest. He has been charged with criminal attempt to possess or manufacture an explosive device. The man’s home was searched following his fight with another man, a neighbor. The fight thankfully revealed something that might have been cause of miseries in case of even a chance explosion of the device.
A report states that when the apartment manager came and asked to inspect the units, Romine agreed, sparking an evacuation after the manager said there appeared to be explosives inside his home.
Reports suggest that the man had a metal pipe with both ends capped. This was not the only suspicious thing in his possession. Police claim that drawers in his apartment were filled with electrical components, chemicals, soldering tools, wiring, an alarm clock and 2-liter bottles with wires taped to them.
Athens-Clarke County police officer Clint Dieball says that when the police confronted the man about the capped pipe in his bedroom, he allegedly said that “he didn’t have the money for a pressure cooker at the time”.
The police officer goes on to add that “This immediately caught our attention since the Boston (Marathon) bombers used pressure cookers as containment vessels for their explosives.”
The discovery of the bomb material put multi-agency probe into action. A bomb squad, along with an FBI agent and the U.S. Army weapons of mass destruction civil team converged on the scene to help the police find the extent of the dangerous material present in his possession.