An Orange City-area man was arrested Saturday after he not only made a pipe bomb and shot it into his neighbor’s yard, but posted video of himself doing so to his Facebook page, according to Volusia County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Andrew Gant.
Volusia County sheriff’s deputies responded to the 1000 block of Liskeard Avenue, near Orange City, around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Gant said a woman was working in her backyard when she heard a loud hissing noise and saw white smoke as something flew into her yard.
The woman went to investigate and found metal pipe capped at both ends with heat emanating from it, Gant said.
Responding deputies notified the VCSO Bomb Squad, and the investigation led deputies to 1059 Montrose Ave.
There, according to Gant, 25-year-old Christopher Green stated he used stump remover mixed with sugar to make smoke bombs.
The Volusia County Crime Center also found a video posted on Green’s Facebook account around 6 p.m.
“The video showed Green concocting a pasty substance in a pot on his kitchen stove, then going outside and lighting a pipe with the substance in it,” Gant said. “After a few seconds, the pipe took off and flew away.”
Green was arrested on a charge of making a destructive device, and was taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail, where he was released later Saturday night after posting $10,000 bail.
Gant said neighbors in the immediate area were evacuated during the investigation as a precaution.
— Anthony DeFeo