DeBary, FL – A domestic disturbance on Sunday afternoon at a DeBary home led to the discovery of several explosive devices and substances.
Volusia County deputies, detectives, Hazmat units from Volusia County and Deltona Fire Departments, and members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms were all on scene early Monday morning, hours after the initial disturbance call led deputies to find a grenade in the backyard.
Deputies first got to 124 Bradwick Circle in DeBary at around 4:11 PM on Sunday after getting a call about an argument between 31-year-old Christopher S. Langer and his parents. During the argument, Langer, who was reportedly intoxicated, told his parents that he had put an explosive substance inside of a grenade. When deputies first asked him about the grenade, Langer said it didn’t exist. Later, he admitted that he had thrown the grenade outside and showed the deputy where it was. Deputies found the metal pineapple-style grenade, which had a paperclip holding the lever to keep it from exploding.
Deputies evacuated the home and after a search warrant was obtained, they searched the house and found an estimated 200 containers filled with unknown powders, acids, and other materials. Officials say many of those containers were filled with bodily fluids, not bomb-making materials.
A bomb robot was used to investigate a hole in the backyard where a small explosive device was found, and another suspected explosive device was found in a lunchbox. Officials say two other suspected explosives were found as well.
Several neighboring homes in the area were evacuated early on in the investigation, but those residents were allowed to return to their homes by Sunday night.
As of Monday morning, Langer was being held at the Volusia County Jail on $5,000 bail. He’s been charged with making/possessing a destructive device and officials say additional charges are possible, depending on the outcome of the investigation.
(Langer’s mugshot courtesy Volusia County Jail)
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