Traffic stop explosion in Florida: Deputy injured, suspects face multiple charges

PALATKA, FL - In a dramatic and dangerous incident in Putnam County, Florida, a routine traffic stop on April 5 led to the arrest of Charles Legault and his roommate, Patrick McGregor.

Legault, 60, was pulled over by authorities due to an unassigned license plate on his vehicle. During the search of his truck, a chemical pipe bomb unexpectedly exploded, injuring the deputy who was inspecting the vehicle.

The explosive device was a sophisticated chemical bomb designed to release poisonous gas. It consisted of separate compartments containing chlorine and brake fluid, mixed to create a toxic gas before detonating. The device had markings indicating its status as "safe" or "armed," suggesting it was intentionally crafted to cause harm.

The deputy potentially triggered the explosion by accidentally moving a valve on the device. He was immediately hospitalized but was released later that day with only minor injuries because breezy conditions quickly diluted the gas.

Authorities quickly secured the area and summoned bomb squad experts to ensure there were no additional threats.

Legault was arrested on-site and is now facing numerous charges including possession of an explosive device, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, trafficking methamphetamine, and illegal possession of a gun silencer. These charges were compounded by the discovery of methamphetamine, two handguns, 20 rounds of ammunition, and an unregistered gun silencer in his vehicle.

The investigation extended to Legault's home, where law enforcement, accompanied by a bomb squad and hazmat team, conducted a thorough search. During the search, they arrested Patrick McGregor, 64, who was living at the residence.

McGregor, a previously convicted felon, was found in possession of trafficking amounts of methamphetamine, firearms, and ammunition. 
He now faces 15 counts of being a felon in possession of weapons and three counts of drug trafficking.

Both men are currently held without bond.

Tom Hackney, a Crime and Safety analyst, emphasized the gravity of the situation, pointing out the potential for more severe consequences had the device been handled differently.

The presence of such a device indicates a premeditated intent to cause harm, and investigators are delving into Legault's background to determine if there were any larger criminal plans in motion.

Police provided detailed insights into the bomb's construction and the potential dangers it posed. The intricate design, with a valve separating reactive chemicals, underscores the calculated nature of the threat.

Authorities are treating this incident with high seriousness, exploring all possible motives and connections to other criminal activities. As the investigation continues, the public and law enforcement await further details.
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If that agency hasn't already done so, it would be prudent to contact the U.S. Bomb Data Center and check to see if there are been any other simular IEDs.


Actually I watched this video and I don't believe it was a chemical bomb. The ingredients make we think this was actually a home made meth cooking operation they call the "one pot" method. You have to occasionally bleed off pressure as the meth "cooks" or the container will explode.


Outlaw bikers used that method back in the 70's.

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