Man charged with making homemade bombs

March 20, 1998

A Westminster-area man surrendered yesterday to Maryland state fire marshals on charges stemming from the discovery March 11 of several homemade bombs in a wooded area north of the city.

James Anthony Lasculoa, 42, of the 300 block of Parisian Way West, was charged with possession of and manufacturing destructive devices. Each offense is punishable by up to 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He was also charged with two counts of reckless endangerment and possession of explosives without a license, a misdemeanor, for allegedly possessing more than 5 pounds of gunpowder without a license.

Lasculoa was released on an unsecured bond of $50,000.

A man walking his dog in the woods on the afternoon of March 11 found some bombs and a note at a campsite, about a half-mile from Bennett Cerf Park at Random House Inc. on Route 27.

The camp belonged to two juveniles, ages 13 and 17, who were taken into custody when the explosive devices were found, police said. The younger boy was released without charge, and the older youth was charged as a juvenile with delinquency for allegedly manufacturing and possessing explosives.

Explosives experts from the Fire Marshal's Office detonated two bombs described as aspirin bottles with wicks in them and disarmed two more devices. Police obtained a warrant to search for other devices in Lascuola's house.

The search yielded eight pipe bombs, illegal fireworks and a large quantity of gunpowder, according to W. Faron Taylor, deputy state fire marshal. No motive has been established.

Pub Date: 3/20/98

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