September 12, 2011 (Del Cerro) – Scott Martin, 51, has been arrested and pled not guilty to five counts of possessing a destructive device in a public place and one count of endangering his four year old son.
The Metro Arson Strike Team was summoned to Martin’s home in the 15900 block of Madra Avenue in Del Cerro on Friday after receiving a tip that he was making improvised explosive devices (IEDs) including pipe bombs.
After evacuating a neighbor, the bomb squad detonated one explosive device at the house and took 12 others to another location for disposal, Maurice Luque, spokesman for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, has indicated.
ECM news partner 10 News reports that pipe bombs, black powder, fuses, homemade flares and guns were seized in a search by federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents. One of the explosive devices recovered contained 200 times the legal limit of a dangerous firework.
According to a declaration in support of a warrant for Martin's arrest, San Diego police contacted him at the house about a week ago when his fiancee reported that Martin was hallucinating and rambling, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. He was detained and taken to county Mental Health Services.
The fiancee told police that Martin volunteered with a fireworks company in the past and assisted a fireworks show at a minor league baseball game in Rancho Cucamonga. He later began making the devices at home, using a blender from the kitchen to grind powder. Martin’s fiancée said Martin planned to ship his homemade explosive devices to a website for what he believed were “legitimate” purposes, documents obtained by 10 News revealed.
If convicted in San Diego Superior Court, he faces a possible sentence of up to 12 years and eight months in prison.