Alleged DIY Bomb Salesman Was Just ‘Tinkering,’ Super Says
After allegedly selling eight DIY bombs for $3,200 in a Bronx parking lot, a Bridgeport, CT man was arrested by the feds Thursday. A subsequent search of his apartment revealed a fully-functional bomb factory, where prosecutors say Nicholas Lahines, 37, manufactured dangerous explosives in the home he shared with his wife and 1-year-old child. The materials he was allegedly working with are so volatile that as a police bomb technician searched the apartment, he caused an explosion while handling a tiny amount of white powder, sustaining minor injuries.
Investigators with the federal Joint Terrorism Task Force say Lahines’s apartment was strewn with bomb-making material, as well as 15 flashlights that appear to have been turned into explosives, and the same type of cardboard tube bombs Lahine allegedly sold to the a “confidential source” working with the government.