Eddie Smith built a fist-sized bomb to scare his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend, court records show.
He allegedly took a large pill bottle, wrapped it in duct tape, filled it with smokeless gun powder and put a fuse on top. Then, on Wednesday, he drove to the ex-boyfriend’s Pierce County house, lit the fuse and tossed the device onto the driveway.
The bomb didn’t explode and the former boyfriend carried it into the carport before realizing it could be dangerous and he should call police.
Prosecutors have charged Smith, 49, with second-degree assault, possessing an explosive device, unlawful manufacturing to intimidate or harass with an explosive, threat to bomb property and harassment with an explosive.
He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Monday. Court Commissioner Meagan Foley set his bail at $500,000, and his conditions of release include not possessing incendiary or explosive devices.
Charging papers give this account:
Smith believed the victim was abusing his girlfriend, who has two children with the victim and lives in his home.
When Smith picked the woman up Wednesday, the two men argued. Smith allegedly threatened the other man with a knife and said he’d be back.
He returned to the home later that afternoon with the bomb and threw it onto the driveway. Smith then sent the victim a text message that read, “That one was a dud. The next one’s gonna be for real.”
Sheriff’s deputies were able to reach Smith on the phone after the incident but he refused to divulge his location, saying he’d done nothing wrong.
He insisted he was just trying to scare the victim because he had been abusing Smith’s girlfriend. Smith allegedly sent nude photos of the woman to the deputy trying to prove the abuse.
Deputies were able to track Smith down and take him into custody.
Prosecutors said the bomb was still being analyzed and Smith could face more charges.
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