Police: Man Found With Molotov Cocktails Prepped For Doomsday
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. – A Sumner County man who was arrested over the weekend for possessing 13 Molotov cocktails was preparing for a doomsday scenario, according to police.
Officials with the Hendersonville Police Department said 20-year-old Tanner Buchanan admitted to having 13 homemade bombs at his Hendersonville. Detectives said he wasn't targeting anyone, but made them "just in case."
"He told us that he had built these for protection in the event that there was a major disaster," said Detective Sgt. Jim Vaughn with the Hendersonville Police Department.
The suspect was arrested Sunday during a traffic stop after police said he appeared to be driving under the influence of alcohol. Three Molotov cocktail explosives were found in Buchanan's backpack.
According to officials, 13 more Molotov cocktails were later found during a search of his home. They said the devices were found and rendered to be safe.
The 20-year-old's father, John Buchanan, said Monday his family had no idea his son had more than a dozen Molotov cocktails hidden in his closet. He said they aren't separatists or political, so they have no idea how this started.
"I just cannot seem to understand the situation, nor can anyone else in my family," said Buchanan. "As far as a doom's day or end of the world scenario, if he's talking about that he was probably talking about that with his friends certainly not with us."
John Buchanan said he hopes to be able to talk with his son soon and find out what motivated him to make such terrible decisions.
"I'm so mad at him I don't know what to do with myself, but beyond being mad I'm extremely concerned, I'm terribly disappointed and highly embarrassed."
The suspect was booked into the Sumner County Jail on $300,000 bond.
Buchanan was scheduled to appear in court on January 22.
Students in the Academy of Energy and Power at Maplewood are busy getting ready for next week's Project Expo and had the opportunity to show it off some of their projects to Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper.