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Would-Be Bomber Detonated Device that 'Blew Off His Pants'

A man arrested for making homemade explosives and having 100 pounds of bomb-making materials told authorities the last device he detonated was powerful enough to blow his pants off.

Todd Wheeler Jr., 28, was charged with creating bombs from chemical compounds that could have produced a blast radius of up to 50 meters if activated. Credit: AACPD
Todd Wheeler Jr., 28, was charged with creating bombs from chemical compounds that could have produced a blast radius of up to 50 meters if activated. Credit: AACPD

An Anne Arundel County man arrested in January for reportedly making homemade bombs in his house allegedly detonated an explosive device so powerful that it “blew off his pants”, reports The Baltimore Sun.

Todd Dwight Wheeler, 28, of Glen Burnie faces charges including nine counts of possessing a destructive device, nine counts of manufacturing a destructive device, three counts of possession of materials to make a destructive device, and possession of a machine gun for an aggressive purpose.

Investigators say Wheeler was creating bombs from chemical compounds, but his motive is unknown.

Federal agents have sought permission from a judge to search Wheeler's electronic devices -- including laptop computers, cell phones, thumb drives, a DVD drive and three cameras -- for images of Wheeler's bomb-making ingredients, the newspaper reports. Investigators also want to search Wheeler’s devices for information on testing the bombs and records of any purchases, instructions and recipes. They also want to search for text messages, pictures or other files that might show any co-conspirators or links to criminal or terrorist organizations.

According to an earlier Patch story, police and fire investigators found more than 100 pounds of chemicals that could be made into bombs—in addition to already completed bombs, firearms and manuals for creating explosives and booby traps, including "The Poor Man's James Bond" and "Ragnar's Homemade Detonators." 

Court records quoted by the Sun said Wheeler admitted he set off five improvised explosive devices at his home. The last one was the largest, at 6 inches long. Wheeler told officers that it "blew off his pants.”

Investigators said Wheeler was in the process of modifying a flare gun to shoot improvised explosive devices in addition to other bombs. During the search of the residence officers located numerous completed destructive devices.

Wheeler's devices were capable of "maiming, injuring or killing," said Fire Chief Michael Cox.

Police first learned of the bomb-making materials on New Year's Day after someone contacted authorities saying Wheeler was suicidal. His body is covered with burns, police said.

Wheeler is being held without bail at the Jennifer Road Detention Center, the Sun reports.

Michael February 05, 2014 at 08:56 PM
Its amazing that you can now be imprisoned for possessing stuff that I could buy at a drug store years ago as a teenager. I would buy potassium nitrate and sulfur, then mix it with charcoal to make blackpowder for bombs, or cook to melt down a mixture of potassium nitrate, sulfur, sugar and iron oxide as fuel for homemade rockets, or make colorful pyrotechnics displays by adding in other chemicals and throwing the mixture into an open flame.
Tiffany February 05, 2014 at 09:09 PM
Why would he put anything sharp or explosive around the family jewels? I don't know, I'm not a guy but it seems as if you'd want to protect your goods.
Jim Hook February 05, 2014 at 09:29 PM
Hopefully this birth control attempt really worked
Nancy Besser February 05, 2014 at 11:41 PM
Odd looking young man. He looks troubled.
Klediss February 06, 2014 at 04:05 AM
this is so funny I almost spotted. I'm still roling with laughter. What a dope head.
Jake Crouse February 06, 2014 at 08:29 AM
I say again .... if you ever see someone walking around who looks like this, call the authorities immediately so that this person can be locked away. People with this sort of look are never up to any good.
Frank Anastasia February 06, 2014 at 09:45 AM
Well, look at his picture, intelligent looking is not an adjective that comes to mind.
Polly February 06, 2014 at 10:02 AM
@Michael - I understand what you are saying but, these are truly different times we are living in. In all seriousness, the fact that him and those of his ilk are every freaking where!! They could be living anywhere and wouldn't really stand out unless and until something tragic happened. And they could be anyone, a teacher, a nurse, a cop, the trashman etc., and could/would go undetected until a tragedy.
Frank Anastasia February 06, 2014 at 10:08 AM
Hey Michael...Do you remember Timothy McVeigh? He built a bomb with items from a "hardware store", and killed 168 people, including some little children.
Gabe Gonsalves February 06, 2014 at 10:22 AM
It's amazing what people will do for a cause....obviously a troubled individual.
John February 06, 2014 at 11:01 AM
@ Nancy , I agree . Not only odd but he looks as though he was one of those kids that went through years of bullying and had his nose broken once or twice. Sad we can't help guys like this before it's too late..
John February 06, 2014 at 11:14 AM
One other thing I might add is that it seams as though he was a loaner type who was more into going in the woods and blowing up an old tree stump. There's guys like him all over YouTube. You see them doing stuff like that. Yes it doesn't seem normal but unless they find on his computer that he had an agenda against the US Gov. then I don't see him as Boston Marathon type bomber but more of a loaner type guy just messing around and got caught with his pants blown off and is more embarrassed then anything. Unfortunately the 24 hr "breaking news networks" will by all means do their darnedest to try and hype this story up and spin it as something it is nt.
Barry A Clarke` February 06, 2014 at 01:37 PM
Just by looking at him, I wonder if he has an IQ greater than his age?..............
Marvin Harrison February 06, 2014 at 02:35 PM
It also did a terrible job on his face.
Brian Kari February 06, 2014 at 02:37 PM
"Court records quoted by the Sun said Wheeler admitted he set off five improvised explosive devices at his home. The last one was the largest, at 6 inches long. Wheeler told officers that it "blew off his pants.”" This joke is way too easy.
Jack Rayment February 06, 2014 at 05:43 PM
If he wants to die, put him a cage with all his bomb stuff & let him get it on...save the public from paying his way for the rest of his pathetic life..
usmcboi February 06, 2014 at 06:46 PM
He your kid jack? pay own way stuff? I think you shoulda got an abortion before having that one if they are still legal, or just do the jack and save the torture on the woman. what the hell that even mean by that? you must think there is an america that contributes? yea right even I was bill gates had it I wouldn't do it. not for this part of this amphibian poop box that the single cells keep dumping their litter on.
K.J. Dolney February 06, 2014 at 08:26 PM
How many lines of coke does a dweeb snort to sneeze hard enough to blow off his trou??? The best one I ever heard about was from an Israeli Defence Force guy I met at a DefDept reception in DC. As close as the Shin Bet could tell, some Palestinian 'Gomer' apparently 'butt-dialed' his Holy Backpack when he plopped himself down on a bus bench. Boom! Instant fruit roll-up & a hi-five Allah Inshallah!
usmcboi February 06, 2014 at 09:52 PM
elvises
Ted Smith February 06, 2014 at 10:42 PM
IDIOT
Michael Vaccaro February 06, 2014 at 11:02 PM
If that's his face in the photo, the bomb should have blown his face off, instead of his trousers. At least it would be an improvement. What a dunce!!!
Klediss February 07, 2014 at 04:39 AM
could it be no mas pantaloons !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wah , ha , ha , aha awa, ha. oh lawd
usmcboi February 07, 2014 at 07:21 AM
we dont speak spanglish here son
Polly February 07, 2014 at 07:42 AM
@ Klediss LOL I love those Progressive commercials!!!
Klediss February 07, 2014 at 08:12 AM
wait a minute , hold the presses, don't hang up the phone, DORK REPORT< DORK REPORT. This most defiantly falls in the comedy section of the easy read articles. Yet I digress, its a conspiracy. high governmental officials think ?It was an extreme case of flatulents, lawd have mercy!!!!!!!!! I'm still rolling in the isles. I'm suffering from giggles and out right hysteria over this one.
usmcboi February 07, 2014 at 08:14 AM
nothing funny about a wiener explosions ok that is serious biz.
Klediss February 07, 2014 at 08:25 AM
medical alert, high medical alert , renowned doctors across the whole united states of America have come =to the conclusion that a rare deadly case of EXTREME flatulitis is encompassing the WHOLE world. Be on the look out for those with extended rears and pants hanging around the knees. A true indicator of fatuities extremis. this message has been brought to you by the Centers of Blow Outs and how to control them. But as stated BE CALM , DONT WORRY ALL IS WELL>
Klediss February 07, 2014 at 08:33 AM
here is a testimonial from the vast hinterland of America, THE STORY TOLD FIRST HAND BY THOSE WHO KNOW, all is well, yall have a great DAY It was a hot Sunday mornin' Middle of July The choir was a singin' 'Bout the sweet by and by Everybody was a swayin' And sweatin' in the heat We all bowed our heads down As the preacher took his seat My sister and my brother stood next to my mother In the quiet at the close of the verse And that's when daddy cut the big one At the Horn Lake Mississippi Missionary Baptist Church My sister rolled her eyes back My brother bit his lip My cousin just behind us Whispered, "Hey, who let it rip?" I stuck my face in my shirtsleeve Stared down at my shoes Lord, you could hear a pin drop As we stood there in the pew Heads were turnin', eyes were burnin' Momma stuck her nose in her purse After daddy cut the big one At the Horn Lake Mississippi Missionary Baptist Church He cut the big one It was a stinker Then he broke the silence With a snicker And us kids started laughin' 'Til I thought we was all gonna burst After daddy cut the big one At the Horn Lake Mississippi Missionary Baptist Church He said, "The devil made me do it" Momma said it was the liverwurst And that's why daddy cut the big one At the Horn Lake Mississippi Missionary Baptist Church
Klediss February 07, 2014 at 09:02 AM
I've always been told to look out for the Big ONE It was a hot Sunday mornin' Middle of July The choir was a singin' 'Bout the sweet by and by Everybody was a swayin' And sweatin' in the heat We all bowed our heads down As the preacher took his seat My sister and my brother stood next to my mother In the quiet at the close of the verse And that's when daddy cut the big one At the Horn Lake Mississippi Missionary Baptist Church My sister rolled her eyes back My brother bit his lip My cousin just behind us Whispered, "Hey, who let it rip?" I stuck my face in my shirtsleeve Stared down at my shoes Lord, you could hear a pin drop As we stood there in the pew Heads were turnin', eyes were burnin' Momma stuck her nose in her purse After daddy cut the big one At the Horn Lake Mississippi Missionary Baptist Church He cut the big one It was a stinker Then he broke the silence With a snicker And us kids started laughin' 'Til I thought we was all gonna burst After daddy cut the big one At the Horn Lake Mississippi Missionary Baptist Church He said, "The devil made me do it" Momma said it was the liverwurst And that's why daddy cut the big one At the Horn Lake Mississippi Missionary Baptist Church
Klediss February 07, 2014 at 09:27 AM
O M G remember when spoke was talking to capt Kirk in the movie that as he stated ( we have never experienced an energy force of this magnitude in the history of man kind). Oh lawd help us, help us

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