Grand jury charges Martinez man with making explosives

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A Columbia County grand jury charged a Martinez man injured in a small blast at his home in January with making the explosive devices.

Chad Wells, 38, of the 300 block of Salley Drive, was charged with manufacturing explosive devices, according to court documents released today.

Federal and local authorities responded to Mr. Wells’ home Jan. 17, a few days after he lost some fingers in a small explosion. Triacetone triperoxide, or TATP, a rare substance that has been used in terrorist operations, and other explosives materials were found inside the home.

Mr. Wells was arrested Feb. 6 after being treated at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center. He was released after posting a $25,000 bond, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

Reach Valerie Rowell at (706) 868-1222, ext. 110 or

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stillamazed 05/15/09 - 03:52 pm
What an idiot, if you are

What an idiot, if you are going to try to make explosives at least know what you are doing first......lucky he just blew off a few fingers. No telling what this idiot was planning on doing.

double_standard 05/15/09 - 04:41 pm
A domestic terrorist should

A domestic terrorist should not be out on bond. He should be in confinement.

tdp 05/15/09 - 06:04 pm
This is ridiculous! He

This is ridiculous! He shouldn't be charged with anything. He, like a lot of guys, liked to watch things go "boom!" So what? He didn't hurt anyone but himself. Why don't we just charge everyone who plays with fireworks? They are just as dangerous. Columbia County needs to concentrate on the real criminals in that county and leave this poor guy alone. By the way, I'm not related to him & am not friends with him. I just have some common sense, unlike the idiots in CC who decided to charge him.

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