Man had dozens of bombs in Wilmington home
Posted November 1, 2013
Wilmington, N.C. — Wilmington police found 24 explosive devices Wednesday inside a home they described as "constructed much like a fortress with windows and doors barricaded."
Local authorities were investigating Erik Rudolph Arnebold, 37, as part of a drug investigation. That investigation led them to information that he was making bombs.
Wilmington police and representatives of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched his home and found guns, ammunition and one explosive device in plain sight. Under a trap door in the floor, they found an additional 23 devices, according to a statement from Wilmington Police Capt. Jeff Allsbrook.
Arnebold was charged with 24 counts of having a weapon of mass destruction and one count each of possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Arnebold's bond has been set at $1.5 million, and it wasn't immediately known if he had an attorney. In a jailhouse interview, Arnebold told the StarNews of Wilmington he made the bombs out of curiosity and didn't intend to set them off.