GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Police say Mason Beuning, 18, constructed a homemade bomb inside his Gainesville home.
A bomb squad responded to Buening's home Tuesday afternoon after the teen was arrested for allegedly shoplifting BBs and flare guns at a nearby Walmart along with items investigators believe could be used to make an explosive device.
Police tell Action News that Buening admitted during questioning that he already had a "homemade firework" at his house, but was afraid to detonate it.
Investigators recovered a cardboard tube sealed with black powder and a fuse inside the house on NW 4th Street.
Gainesville Police Officer Ben Tobias said, "It was a small device. Definitely would have injured someone who was right next to it, but the device was not something that would cause a great amount of destruction."
Buening's college-aged housemates told Action News Tuesday night that they knew about the explosive and contend that Beuning who is studying to be an EMT just built the device to explode it in the woods for fun.
Leela Dawson, one of several young adults who live in the house with Beuning said, "That's what guys do. Blow things up"
Beuning is charged with "possession of a destructive device," a third degree felony.
Wolfe O'Meara, 18, was arrested along with Beuning at the Walmart. O'Meara is charged with misdemeanor shoplifting and possession of drug paraphernalia.