Deputies: Manatee County man had 2-3 pounds of homemade explosive

Deputies: Manatee County man had 2-3 pounds of homemade explosive
James Hoskins, Jr., seen here in a 2008 booking photo, alongside the homemade explosives deputies say they found in his home (Source: Manatee County Sheriff's Office)

BRADENTON, Fla. (WWSB) - A convicted felon in Manatee County is in custody after deputies say he was making explosives in his home.

Around 1:45pm on Tuesday, deputies were called to a home on the 2500 block of 32nd Avenue East after the sheriff's office says 52-year-old James Hoskins Jr. made threats about his roommate to an employee at a substance abuse and mental health facility.

Deputies spoke with Hoskins, who say he admitted having materials necessary to make small rocket motors in the home and allowed them to view his self-proclaimed powder room.

Homemade explosives allegedly found in the Manatee County home of James Hoskins, Jr.
Homemade explosives allegedly found in the Manatee County home of James Hoskins, Jr. (Source: Manatee County Sheriff's Office)

HAZ-MAT and the bomb squad were called in to deal with the chemicals, which included 2-3 pounds of TATP, an organic peroxide and highly sensitive homemade explosive. A device was also located that was later detonated at a local gun range. Video of the detonation is below:

Deputies: Manatee County man had 2-3 pounds of homemade explosive

Deputies say Hoskins told them he bought all of the materials online to make the TTATP and understood how dangerous it was. In addition to writing a statement of apology, deputies say Hoskins also told them though he had made threatening statements about his roommate, he never intended to harm anyone.

Hoskins is a convicted felon who is prohibited from owning or making explosives. He was taken into protective custody and deputies say charges are forthcoming.

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