Marine arrested after 42 bombs with "enhanced lethality" found in his home because he was afraid of government collapsing
The 51-year-old former Marine, identified as Jeffrey Metcalf, was arrested earlier this week after the discovery and was charged with 40 weapon charges.
At least 42 pipe bombs were found inside a former Marine's home in Arizona, which he reportedly made over the course of four years because his wife was afraid that the government would collapse, according to reports. The 51-year-old former Marine, identified as Jeffrey Metcalf, was arrested earlier this week after the discovery and was charged with 40 weapon charges. The officials searched Metcalf's house after the state police had initially pulled him over at a traffic stop on Wednesday. Reports state that the authorities found some bomb-making components inside his vehicle, which led them to the explosives in his house.
The former Marine, after interrogation, admitted that he had multiple pipe bombs at his home and added that he had planned to throw all of them in a body of water, according to the Daily Mail.
After obtaining a search warrant, the officials found at least 42 bombs inside his house and additional material for at least 30 more bombs. Reports state that all the explosive devices found contained shrapnel, which gives them an "enhanced lethality".
Metcalf allegedly told police officials that he had been making the explosive for years because his wife was concerned about the current government collapsing, according to ABC News. The Director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Colonel Frank Milstead, released a statement, saying: "This situation could've had tragic consequences had it not been for the excellent work of DPS detectives, our counterparts at Phoenix and Mesa Police along with ATF. The investigation was yet another shining example of the unparalleled cooperation we enjoy in Arizona between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies."
Reports state that at least eight bomb technicians were at the site to remove the explosives from Metcalf's home and it took them a total of six hours before they were disarmed. Authorities had evacuated the nearby homes in the region in an effort to safely remove the bombs from the house. One of Metcalf's neighbors, while talking to KNXV, said that the former Marine suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from his time in the military. "He was pretty open that he had PTSD and that's why he was separated from the military. You don't make bombs just for the practice, no, he obviously had something in mind to use them for," the neighbor said.