WASHINGTON — A Maryland man who authorities say stowed explosive materials in a duffel bag was indicted Thursday on charges of building a pair of pipe bombs.
Kyle G. Druckemiller, 19, of Chevy Chase, just outside Washington, developed the idea to build bombs from YouTube and traveled to South Carolina to buy fireworks that were later used in one of the devices, according to documents charging him with two counts of manufacturing and possessing a destructive device.
Druckemiller faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
Online court records don’t list a lawyer for Druckemiller, and a telephone listing for him could not immediately be found.
Prosecutors did not reveal how, if at all, Druckemiller planned to use the devices. But Scott Graham, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, which investigated the case, said, “We take these types of incidents very seriously and we investigate them the same no matter what the intent.”
The authorities were contacted last month by the father of Druckemiller’s girlfriend, who said he found what appeared to be two pipe bombs in a duffel bag.
The man said he had previously found a gun in Druckemiller’s jacket and was concerned that he might be bringing illegal items into the man’s home, the charging documents say.
Bomb techs who arrived at the man’s house found two pipes, along with wires for alligator clips, a 9-volt battery, two timers and an improvised detonator, according to authorities. One of the bombs contained match heads and the other contained “energetic powder” from fireworks that Druckemiller said he had purchased in South Carolina last fall, authorities say.
While in South Carolina, authorities say, he set off one of the devices, blowing the end caps off the pipe and “nearly missing his head.” Authorities say the pipe bomb and bomb-making supplies have been in his duffel bag since then.
Court records show a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday.
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