Missouri: Explosion in Residence Kills 4, Suspects Arrested

TRIPwire, 20 June 2022

On 17 June 2022, at approximately 0120 hours local time, St. Louis County Police Department (SLCPD) responded to a residence in north St. Louis County for a reported explosion that killed four people including three teenagers and one adult. According to authorities, the explosion occurred while an adult was showing the teenagers how to manufacture the IEDs by loading containers with explosive powder and attaching fuses to them. Blackjack Fire Protection District and surrounding departments responded to the scene and helped extinguish the blaze that set the house and the car on fire, and damaged nearby residences. SLCPD have arrested a 37-year-old male and a 43-year-old-male for providing the explosive powder that the victims used to construct the explosive devices. Investigators from the ATF determined numerous boxes of explosive precursor chemicals (EPCs) and bomb-making material had been purchased online and the 37-year-old man had been seen loading boxes of EPCs into his vehicle later that day. A search of the 37-year old’s home led to the discovery of a large amount of completed IEDs and associated components. The suspect also admitted that he and the other suspect constructed “ground salutes” that contained an explosive charge far above Missouri’s legal limit. The two suspects have been charged with three counts of second-degree murder, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and two counts of unlawful possession of an illegal weapon.