Formal charges have been filed against two men accused of making an explosive device in an Edmond apartment, court records show.
On Friday, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater filed three felony counts of manufacturing or possession of an explosive device against both Casey Richard Hampton, 18, of Edmond, and Hillrey Ray Young, 21, of Edmond, in Oklahoma County District Court. Hampton also faces a first-degree arson charge.
Neither defendant has entered a plea in court yet and no future court dates have been scheduled. Hampton’s bond was set at $70,000, Young’s at $60,000. No attorney information was available.
On Dec. 20, Edmond firefighters responded to a fire call at the Christopher Place apartments, at Hurd and Boulevard, The Edmond Sun previously reported. Dispatch advised fire personnel believed there were explosive devices inside, and there was a large amount of smoke coming from inside.
Edmond bomb technicians discovered debris and several explosive devices, including an unexploded improvised explosive device on the floor, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed with the charges paperwork by Edmond Police Detective Marion Cain in Oklahoma County District Court.
“During our sweep we all noticed that numerous fireworks had been lit inside the apartment,” Cain stated in the affidavit. “We also noticed several areas around the apartment where items had been burned, caught on fire or a site where a small explosive device had been detonated.”
Inside the apartment, bomb squad members located two intact improvised explosive devices, evidence of an initiated IED and other bomb-making components including fusing, empty water bottles, commercial fireworks in various stages of being disassembled and evidence of burning, charring and explosive initiation, Cain stated.
Bomb squad members located a thin metal hollow tube with a rubber handle at one end that was part of a broom or mop, Cain stated. Inside the tube appeared to be powder and BBs or small ball bearings, the affidavit stated.
Paper from lit fireworks littered the floor along with other items that had been burned or set on fire, Cain stated.
The largest explosive point of detonation was located on top of the stove, Cain stated. There was charring on the metal stove top and debris from a detonated device was found in the immediate area, the affidavit stated.
Also, there was fragmentation from the device on the ceiling directly above the detonation point, Cain stated. On the counter next to the stove technicians saw green colored fusing in various lengths, along with several commercial fireworks, some of which had been opened and disassembled, the affidavit stated.
A cloth or paper towel had been placed over the smoke detector, Cain stated. Failing to locate any other dangerous devices or substances, the technicians exited the apartment and secured the area, the affidavit stated.
Cain stated that while speaking with Hampton, he smelled the odor of burnt hair and could see that some of his facial hair and hair on his head had been singed or burned.
Hampton signed a search waiver for his apartment so technicians could locate and render safe any and all explosive devices or components within the apartment, Cain stated.
Under questioning, Young admitted to cutting open multiple commercial fireworks and removing the powder so Hampton could make the devices, Cain stated. Information on motive was not available in the affidavit.
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