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Deputies find explosives, bodily fluids at DeBary home

Explosive materials found at the suspect's home in DeBary

COURTESY VOLUSIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Several homes in a DeBary neighborhood were evacuated Sunday afternoon after Volusia County sheriff’s deputies responding to a domestic-disturbance call discovered a litany of potentially explosive devices and substances, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The incident prompted a bomb squad response that lasted through the night and into Monday morning, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Andrew Gant.

Volusia County sheriff’s deputies, detectives, hazmat units from Volusia County and Deltona fire departments and members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were still on scene at 5:30 a.m. Monday, more than 13 hours after the initial disturbance call at 124 Bradwick Circle led responding deputies to find a grenade in the backyard, Gant said.

Deputies first got to the scene around 4:11 p.m. Sunday, responding to an argument between Christopher Langer, 31, and his parents. Langer — intoxicated, according to Gant — told his parents he put an explosive substance inside a grenade.

“Langer initially denied the grenade existed when a responding deputy asked him about it. But then he acknowledged he had thrown it outside, and he offered to show the deputy where it was,” Gant said. “Upon searching the area, the deputy found a metal pineapple-style grenade with a paper clip in place to hold the lever and keep it from exploding.”

Deputies evacuated the house and began an investigation that is still ongoing as of Monday morning. They executed a search warrant and discovered an estimated 200 containers inside the house containing unknown powders, acids and other materials.

Many of them — about 79 as of Monday morning, Gant said — have been placed into a containment area, and many have been determined not to be bomb-making materials but bodily fluids.

“A bomb robot used to examine a hole in the backyard discovered a small explosive device, and a second possible explosive device was found in a lunchbox,” Gant said. “Some neighboring homes in the area were evacuated in the initial stages of the call, but those residents returned to their homes Sunday evening.”

Langer was charged with making/possessing a destructive device and was transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail, where he was being held Monday morning on $5,000 bail.

Additional charges are possible pending the outcome of the investigation.

The crime scene is still active and expected to remain so for several more hours, Gant said.

— Anthony DeFeo
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