Man charged with making bomb in Home Depot parking lot
TACOMA, Wash. -- An armed, 27-year-old man was arrested last Friday while mixing chemicals for a bottle bomb in the parking lot of a Tacoma Home Depot, according to charges filed in Pierce County Superior Court.
According to the charging documents, Seth Pepin purchased a number of chemicals at the Home Depot on Military Road and told employees he planned to get the attention of police by blowing things up with chemical bombs.
Employees called 911 while watching Pepin mix the chemicals in the Home Depot parking lot, according to the charging documents.
Deputies arrived, and Pepin reportedly told them he had seen a video on YouTube on how to make a bottle bomb. But, he said that wasn't what he was doing.
According to the charging documents, deputies believed that was indeed what Pepin was doing, and the Hazardous Devices Squad confirmed Pepin had everything he needed to make a bottle bomb except for aluminum foil.
While arresting Pepin, officers reportedly found a loaded handgun on him.
He has been charged with attempted possession of an explosive device and attempted bomb threat.