Alabama Man Charged with Detonating Explosive Device outside State Attorney’s Office

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By Steve Neavling

The FBI arrested a 26-year-old man accused of detonating an explosive device outside the office of the Alabama attorney general in February, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.

Kyle Benjamin Douglas Calvert, of Alabama, was indicted on charges of malicious use of an explosive and possession of an unregistered destructive device. 

“Thanks to the work of the FBI and our state and local law enforcement partners, this defendant is being held accountable for allegedly detonating an explosive device outside of the Alabama Attorney General’s Office,” Attorney General Merrick B. Garland said in a statement. “The Justice Department has no tolerance for acts of violence targeting those who serve the public.”

According to the indictment, the device, which was made of nails and firecrackers, detonated at 3:42 a.m. on Feb. 24. No one was injured, and no major damage was caused. 

“The FBI worked closely with our law enforcement partners to run down every lead and leverage our forensic capabilities to identify and arrest the person who is allegedly responsible for detonating this dangerous device,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said. “This explosion was very unsettling to the community and we hope today’s arrest provides reassurance that the FBI will investigate those who target public institutions and will hold them accountable for such illegal acts.”

Calvert faces between five and 20 years in prison. 

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