Police: Florida woman made bomb in Walmart, tried to detonate it

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January 15, 2020 - 10:53 am
Emily Stallard

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office


TAMPA, Fla. (1010 WINS) – A Florida woman is facing a long list of charges after police say she built a bomb in a Walmart and then tried to detonate it.

NBC News reports the bomb appeared to be a mason jar filled with nails, denatured alcohol and a candle.

"A security guard with Walmart noticed the woman ... roaming the aisles of the store and opening unpaid items. The items included flammable materials, projectiles and matches," the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Tuesday.

CNN reports that she had a child with her as she wandered the store allegedly stealing items for the homemade bomb.

Deputies made it to the scene just as she was trying to light the wick, according to the sheriff, who said she spit at deputies as they tried to intervene.

“This woman had all the supplies she needed to cause mass destruction at her disposal,” the sheriff said.

She faces charges of attempted arson of a structure, fire bombing, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, child abuse and battery on a law enforcement officer. She was held on a $8,500 bond.