‘Mother of Satan’ explosive materials found in Florida home

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By Kalhan Rosenblatt

A Florida man has been arrested on suspicion of manufacturing an explosive chemical called the “Mother of Satan” powerful enough to blow up a neighborhood block, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and local reports said.

Jared Coburn, 37, was arrested in Lake Helen, Florida, on Tuesday after police received a tip about explosive materials at his home.

Police discovered jars of the highly explosive substance triacetone triperoxide, which is a white crystal powder called the “Mother of Satan” by terrorist groups like Al Qaeda.

The substance was used in the 2017 Manchester bombing, the 2015 Paris attacks and by “Shoe Bomber” Richard Reid in 2001, according to Sheriff Mike Chitwood.

Chitwood said that Coburn, who told police that he was trying to make homemade fireworks, was savvy enough to create the chemical and not blow himself up.

“We’re not going to be able to move this to our range to detonate, we’re probably going to detonate it in a field over here,” Chitwood said of the highly volatile substance on Tuesday night.

Coburn told police that he began making explosives when he discovered a passion for model rockets and began to experiment with other types of explosives when those model rockets weren’t exciting enough, according to a police report. Coburn said he used YouTube videos to “progress his knowledge,” the report says.

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