ATF Finds Explosives Inside Home of Man Who Left Several Devices In Car

News 6 - April 14, 2023 7:20 am

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ATF agents said the man who had explosives in his car at a body shop also had ingredients to make many more inside of his Tulsa home.

Related Story: Several Explosive Devices Found In Car At Tulsa Auto Shop; ATF Investigating

Explosives were first found in Daniel Charba’s car when it was towed to a body shop on Wednesday evening, investigators said.

Agent Ashley Stephens said the devices in the car were unstable and could have exploded. He said when agents searched Charba’s home, they found even more things that could have hurt a lot of people.

“The stuff that he was using is extremely sensitive to heat, shock, static or friction,” said Stephens. “At any point, it could have detonated and could have hurt himself, could have hurt somebody else, the people working on his truck.”

Agents said an employee at a body shop first found the devices, but it was just the tip of the iceberg for what they found inside his home near West 31st Street and the Gilcrease Expressway.

“Over 30 pounds of precursors were found,” said Stephens. “In total, over eight pounds of homemade explosives.”

Investigators said they do not know what Charba’s intentions were, but they are not suspecting anything related to terrorism at this time. Regardless, the amount of explosives is enough to raise concerns.

“A legal consumer firework, by law, is only allowed to have 50 milligrams of an explosive powder inside,” said Stephens. “We’re talking eight pounds!”

The ATF said the employee who first noticed the suspicious devices in the car likely saved a lot of lives.

Charba is currently in the Tulsa County Jail on a $1 million bond for having those explosives. Agents expect federal charges to be added on.

 

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