Cecil County teen injured in explosion 19-year-old charged with making pipe bomb

June 30, 1996|By Tanya Jones | Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF

A 19-year-old Cecil County man suffered cuts and burns to his face early yesterday morning when a pipe bomb he was making in his home exploded, according to a deputy state fire marshal.

Raymond Charles Lupfer jumped from an ambulance as he was being taken to Union Hospital in Elkton. He was arrested several hours later at 6: 30 a.m. by Cecil County sheriff's deputies, according to W. Faron Taylor, the deputy state fire marshal.

Lupfer, of the 100 block of Halls Lane in Chesapeake City, has been charged with manufacturing a pipe bomb, a felony.

He was being held at the Cecil County Detention Center, awaiting a bail-review hearing with a district court commissioner yesterday, Taylor If convicted, Lupfer could be fined $10,000 and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Taylor said he did not know why Lupfer was building a pipe bomb.

Neighbors in the mobile-home park where Lupfer lives called 911 shortly after midnight Friday when they heard an explosion, according to Taylor.

Paramedics were taking Lupfer to Union Hospital in Elkton when he jumped from the back of the ambulance as it stopped at an intersection on Route 213 near the Brantwood Golf Course, Taylor said.

Cecil County sheriff's deputies found Lupfer later that morning near his mobile home, about three miles from where he fled, Taylor said. They arrested him and took him to Union Hospital, where he was treated and released into the custody of the fire marshal.

"His injuries were minor in comparison to other individuals who have been manufacturing these devices," Taylor said.

"I really doubt that his intent at that particular point was for the device to explode while he was making it," he said. "This happens quite frequently in the manufacture of illegal devices."

Pub Date: 6/30/96

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