Broward County

Woman walks into fire station with bucket of bomb-making materials. Not a threat, cops say.

A woman showed up at Lauderhill Fire Station #57 Oct. 1, 2019, with a bucket containing possible bomb-making materials.
A woman showed up at Lauderhill Fire Station #57 Oct. 1, 2019, with a bucket containing possible bomb-making materials. Lauderhill Fire Rescue

A woman cleaning out her late husband’s belongings discovered a 5-gallon bucket with materials that could be used to make a bomb including shaved magnesium, liquid glycerin and potassium nitrate.

Instead of calling 911, she brought the bucket to Lauderhill Fire Station #57 at 1980 NW 56th Ave. to dispose of it, forcing an evacuation of the station, fire headquarters and a nearby school, the department said.

“There was no threat at all,” said Lauderhill police major William Gordon. “The concern is if the materials mix it could be dangerous.”

Gordon said the department enlisted help from the Broward Sheriff’s Bomb Squad. The materials were removed and taken for disposal, said Jeff Levy, spokesman for Lauderhill Fire-Rescue.

The woman told firefighters that her husband was a Vietnam veteran and died recently. She didn’t know what to do with the bucket.

Gordon said if people find themselves in a similar situation, they should never try to transport dangerous materials.

“Even with best of intentions, it is not a good idea,” he said.

Carli Teproff grew up in Northeast Miami-Dade and graduated from Florida International University in 2003. She became a full-time reporter for the Miami Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news.
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