Triacetone triperoxide (TATP) is a highly volatile explosive made from relatively common chemicals. It’s used by terrorists and has been dubbed “Mother of Satan.” It is not a common component of fireworks, but that didn’t stop an accused bomb maker in Florida from invoking that excuse.
37-year-old Jared E. Coburn is facing charges of manufacturing an explosive device and possibly others after he was arrested in his Lake Helen, Florida home where the volatile substance was found stored in jars. Local police, Volusia County sheriff’s deputies, and ATF agents all swooped down to contain the explosives and arrest Coburn.
“He tried to explain to us that he was making his own version of a firework,” Lake Helen Police Chief Mike Walker said.
The substances found at the home were detonated in a nearby field.
TATP was used to make the bombs in the Manchester, Paris, and Brussels terrorist attacks. Something tells me Coburn isn’t going to get far in court with his fireworks story.