Investigators find an explosives lab in house of accused Everett man
Federal authorities who raided the home of the Everett man charged with mailing explosives to government agencies found the ingredients of a bomb-maker’s laboratory, according to federal documents.
Thanh Cong Phan, 43, faces a charge of illegally shipping explosives to federal agencies including the FBI. He is suspected of sending potentially explosive packages — described in court documents as containing an unknown black powder in a glass jar with a fuse — to as many as 18 federal agencies.
According to U.S District Court records, federal authorities searched Phan’s Everett home on Wednesday and found what sounds like a description of a bomb-maker’s workshop including:
— glass jars with powder and fuses and primers;
— electrical tape;
— multiple cell phone sim cards and cell phones;
— rolls of wire;
— United States Postal Service mailing labels;
— Commercial-grade fireworks.
The Associated Press reports that none of the packages have exploded but at least one item was confirmed through lab testing to have contained explosive powder. Authorities say Phan sent it March 16 from a U.S. Postal Service kiosk in Mill Creek, north of Seattle.