Augusta teen jailed in explosives case

Antonio Turner, 17, of 825 Spruce Street Apartment

An Augusta teenager is in jail after a deputy said he caught him detonating homemade explosive devices Sunday.

 

Antonio Turner, 17, of 825 Spruce Street Apartment 70, is charged with three counts of manufacturing or transporting a destructive device and one count each of obstruction of an officer and reckless conduct, according to Richmond County Jail records. He used household chemicals to make “overpressure devices” in three plastic bottles.

A deputy was responding to a separate incident in the area of M&M Scott Apartments on Spruce Street when he heard a loud explosion, a sheriff’s report said. As he arrived at the apartment, two women came from behind the building and told him “a dude set off a bomb.” As the deputy confronted Turner another bomb exploded, starling the deputy who drew his weapon and ordered Turner to stop. Richmond County bomb technicians investigated the incident. When questioned about the devices, Turner, a Lucy C. Laney High School student, said he learned how to make them by reading about it on the internet at school, the report said.

Investigator Charles Mulherin, a sheriff’s bomb technician, didn’t respond to the incident but said he was briefed on it. He said the pressure devices are very loud and can be dangerous.

“When it goes off it sounds like a 12 gauge shotgun going off,” he said. “They are loud and if done with shrapnel they can be pretty dangerous.”

Turner’s mother, LaShonda Turner, 35, was also arrested following the incident on an unrelated bench warrant, according to jail records.  

 

Reach Adam Folk at (706) 823-3339 or adam.folk@augustachronicle.com.

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