In Lake Helen, Florida, an anonymous tip from someone led to the discovery of a bomb that was so powerful it has been dubbed the “Mother of Satan” by the terrorist group al Qaeda.
As WESH reported, Chief of Police Matt Walker said. “We went inside and spoke with the subject of interest, and we went into his room, with his approval, and noticed some bomb-making materials.” That subject of interest was Jared E. Coburn, 37.
Walker contacted the department’s bomb squad. When they arrived, they transported the explosive material, which was in Mason jars, to a nearby field. The material tested positive for TATP, which is triacetone triperoxide.
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood, explained, “It is highly volatile;" al Qaeda has dubbed this chemical “the Mother of Satan.” His office posted on Facebook:
Coburn is in custody facing a charge of manufacturing an explosive device, with additional charges possible pending the findings of an investigation that continues at this hour. A search warrant was signed by a judge Tuesday night, and a search of the house for additional explosives was to follow. Because of the volatility of TATP, the material will not be transported away from the area but rather detonated in a safe manner, underground in a nearby field. That method also allows for the collection of evidence after detonation.
“It was a shock, it was definitely a shock,” said LHPD’s Chief Walker, who responded to the initial tip about the explosive material. “I’m glad we had the Sheriff’s department and their bomb team at our disposal, because they were very helpful, and they continue to be.”
“This just goes to show that these anonymous tips really help us out when it comes to protecting the general public,” VCSO Bomb Squad Lt. Lou Marino said. “If we wouldn’t have gotten that tip, who would know if we would’ve ever found out. Or it may have been after the fact, a very volatile situation would have taken place and somebody could’ve gotten hurt or, God forbid, killed. So we’re very grateful for that anonymous tip.”
Gail Paschall-Brown of WESH asked Walker, “What was he doing with it? Did he explain to you what he was going to do with it?” Walker replied, “He tried to explain to us that he was making his own version of a firework.”
A member of the bomb squad said, “I gotta tell you, it definitely is intimidating for us to even be around, so…” Chitwood added, “When it was deployed in London, it killed 52 people and wounded 700.”
Chitwood was referring to the series of bomb attacks on July 7, 2005, that targeted commuters traveling on London’s public transport system. Four radical Islamic terrorists detonated three homemade bombs ion London Underground trains; a fourth was later detonated on a double-decker bus. 52 U.K. residents were killed, and more than 700 were injured. Three of the bombers were British-born sons of Pakistani immigrants; the fourth was a convert to Islam born in Jamaica.