Detention hearing delayed for Laurel County man who admitted to bomb making

Andrew C. King
Andrew C. King

A detention hearing has been rescheduled for an 18-year-old Laurel County man who allegedly admitted to making and detonating smoke and pipe bombs, according to court records.

Andrew C. King was in federal custody Wednesday at the Laurel County jail. The hearing, originally scheduled for Wednesday, will be held at a later, undetermined date, said Kyle Edelen, U.S. attorney's office spokesman. King was charged with possession of an unregistered firearm.

King said he did not intend to use the devices against any person, home or property, according to an affidavit included in court records.

His attorney, Jason Williams, declined to comment Wednesday.

On March 30, neighbors heard an explosion at King's house that sounded like a plane crashing, according to an affidavit from an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The Laurel County sheriff's office responded, but did not charge King after he told an officer that he set off a blast by placing an explosive powder in a glass container.

About a month later, federal authorities executed a search warrant at King's home, the affidavit said. During the April 30 search, he told an ATF agent that he had made and exploded a device using canisters and smokeless powders.

King also told investigators that he had made a smoke bomb that could be detonated with a cellphone, the affidavit said. None was found in his home or car.

Pieces of items used in the manufacturing and exploding of devices were found behind his home, the affidavit said.