White supremacist blows off own leg with homemade bomb
A white supremacist doofus blew off his own leg while making improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in his garage. The upstate New York man will reportedly be held in federal custody without bail because law enforcement officers found white supremacist paraphernalia in his house and believe he's dangerous. No shit, he was making bombs.
After the explosion, Michael O'Neill, 45, was rushed to the hospital where doctors amputated his leg. O'Neill will remain in the custody of US Marshalls while he recuperates from his injuries. Afterwards, he'll be transferred to a detention facility.
"Luckily, he is detained," Assistant US Attorney John Alsup said. “He is no longer at large in the community with or without some of the physical disabilities he’s going to have going forward, but luckily for the community, he only hurt himself.”
O'Neil, a former corrections officer, lived with his stepfather in a home that contained pictures of the KKK, Nazi imagery and the Confederate flag.
Facts about: improvised explosive devices (IEDs)
An improvised explosive device (IED) is a bomb constructed and deployed in a manner that isn’t involved in conventional military action.
Between 1998 and 2008, there were roughly 4,273 incidents involving the possession, manufacture, and use of homemade explosives, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF.) Five of them were terrorist bombings and the rest involved experimentation and were motivated by curiosity.
In the first nine months of 2011, the US Defense Department counted an average of 608 attacks involving improvised explosive devices in 99 countries.
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