Police arrested a Volusia County, FL man with “anti-government” beliefs after a domestic disturbance call led to the discovery of explosive materials in the man’s possession.
Law enforcement on Sunday responded to a domestic dispute between Christopher S. Langer, 31, and his parents in DeBary, FL. Langer had told his parents he had put explosive substances inside of a grenade at the home.
After initially denying he had a grenade, Langer admitted he threw it outside, leading authorities to search the property. During the search, a deputy found the grenade, as well as “200 containers” that contained “unknown powders, acids, and other materials,” Fox35 Orlando reported, noting that many of the containers contained “bodily fluids” like Urea.
Also found on the property was a small explosive device, and a possible second bomb was discovered inside of a lunchbox.
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said that Langer told law enforcement he was “anti-government” and “against the system.” Langer was allegedly trying “to get even with the system and hurt first responders,” Chitwood said. Chitwood said Langer had likely been learning about bomb-making on the internet.
Chitwood also noted that Lager had struggled with addiction and first responders had recently used Narcan to revive him once after an overdose. A search of the home yielded marijuana plants and psychedelic mushrooms, as well as a Guy Fawkes mask typically used by anti-government protesters. Langer appears to have supported the Occupy movement and the hacker collective Anonymous.
Homes in the area were evacuated while the Sheriff’s office, detectives, ATF agents, fire department and Hazmat responders spent nearly 13 hours on the scene.
Langer was charged with making and possessing a destructive device. He arrested and held on $5,000 bail at the Volusia County Branch Jail.