Bomb-Making for Backwoods Fun in Rural Georgia
May 7, 2010
(ChattahBox)–There apparently isn’t much to do in Buford, Georgia. Recently, a motley crew of three men in their 40s and a woman in her 60s, were found cruising around Gwinnett County in a 1997 Dodge Stratus carrying two homemade bombs. The Georgia residents insist they have no ill intent, they just like to blow stuff up in their backyard for fun. Nevertheless, the County judge thought it best to keep the munition merrymakers locked up without bond.
The police stopped the group last month for having a cardboard license plate on their vehicle. The officer became suspicious when he asked the four why they were covered head-to-toe with dirt, and the group responded they were putting up fences. But when the police found no tools in the old Dodge, they became suspicious. After a search of the car, two crude homemade bombs were found:
“The officer testified that he found red “cylinders” in a center console. They all denied knowing the cylinders were in the console, but admitted they had been looking for scrap metal, which could be used for recycling or as shrapnel in the explosives. The bombs were described by police, as resembling “sticks of dynamite stuffed with metal shrapnel, to give them the ability to injure or kill.”
Investigators found black powder, sulfur, screws and drill bits stuffed inside the cylinders.
Arrested were: Michael Brewer, 42, William Dale Parten, 41, Shirley Massey Maddox, 62 and Matthew Henry Rothove, 44.
The bombers for fun told authorities, they all lived on the same property in Buford leased by Michael Brewer. When the cops conducted a search of the house and an attached apartment, more bomb-making materials and explosive devices were found. And another resident of the bomb-making compound, Phillip Ray Duncan, was also arrested.
According to the Gwinnett Daily Post, “None of them admitted to building the devices found in Duncan’s basement, but Burnette said Duncan told him they used the devices for amusement. The group said they stole materials from a residential property with trailers somewhere in Buford, but they didn’t offer a specific address.”
During Thursday’s probable cause hearing, Gwinnett County Magistrate Judge Mark Layng, didn’t buy the groups’ claims that they just liked to blow stuff up in the woods. “This is a very serious offense and, as such, is taken very seriously by the court,” Layng said.
All five bomb-makers have been charged with possession of explosives. Authorities have no reason to believe the bombing for fun gang is associated with terrorists, hate groups or militias.