Two arrested after home explosion in Bryan County

Published: Feb. 8, 2023 at 1:34 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 8, 2023 at 10:33 PM EST
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BRYAN COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - The Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner confirms Caleb Kinsey and Stephen Glosser have been arrested in connection to a house explosion in Bryan County.

It happened in the early morning hours of Jan. 13 on Demeries Lake Court.

Investigators believe the suspects used a homemade bomb made of a binary explosive compound blowing the bricks off a garage. Kinsley is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He actually ran to Louisiana where he was arrested. Glosser was arrested locally and is accused of transporting and receiving explosives.

The blast brought out lots of state and local agencies.

Bryan County Sheriff’s officials say this was not a random attack.

WTOC sat down with the new homeowner just days after the explosion. She not only thought it was a bomb but also felt the explosion was intentional.

“I hope that they find God in life because only the devil can live in your heart that can make you do such a thing,” Larissa Apperson said.

Bricks scattered and the inside of Apperson’s garage destroyed all from a bomb.

“I just remember it being like a bomb going off and at first I thought I was shot and I think the reason why I thought that is because of the force that I felt,” Apperson said.

The Bryan County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives worked closely to investigate.

Apperson had just moved in to the home from California the night before the explosion with her 6-year-old daughter.

“I still want to know why. I could have lost my daughter and that thought I don’t even want to think about.”

Neighbors recall the morning of home explosion

Many neighbors didn’t want to talk on camera but they say the timeline of how this all happened was unusual and it sounded like an airplane crashed.

“The home had been for sale previously. I didn’t even know someone moved in just to show you how quickly everything transpired,” said neighbor James Sly.

Neighbors on and off camera told us they are relieved they are off the streets and now they let the justice system work.

“It’s a good feeling that people that would do things like that, that eventually they get caught and if they are proven to be guilty the normal procedure would take place.”

James Sly lives just a few houses down but that night there wasn’t anyway they could miss the sound of that explosion going off that morning.

“We were sound asleep and all of a sudden out of nowhere we hear a loud was a loud boom associated with a lot of vibration and it shook our home.”

The half of the home near the garage area took the brunt of the explosion that shook much of the neighborhood.

“The ATF came in and asked all of us questions so it did have a heightened level of who’s coming in and out anything out of the ordinary.”

The Bryan County Sheriff’s Office gave a little context on the kind of bomb used - an IED or improvised explosive device.

“Materials are obtained legally or illegally and processed, put together in a manner that creates an explosion.”

And with his military background, he says he knew there was probably more to it.

“Exactly what I have heard from previous experience, it sounded completely like it but I would have never associated it with a neighborhood in the U.S.”