Police: Explosion at Florida college inspired by 'MythBusters'

19-year-old Florida Institute of Technology student arrested

Published On: Nov 26 2012 08:25:32 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 26 2012 02:56:18 PM EST
Christian Duke
MELBOURNE, Fla. -

A Florida Institute of Technology student accused of detonating a homemade bomb at the school said he learned how to make the device by watching the TV show "MythBusters."

No one was injured in incident, which occurred around 12:20 a.m. Sunday at 150 W. University Blvd. in Melbourne.  Police said, however, that the device had "great potential to damage property or cause bodily injury."

Christian Duke, 19, of Maryland, was arrested on felony counts of possessing a destructive device on school property and making, possessing, placing and discharging a destructive device.

Melbourne police said Duke made the destructive device from common household chemicals and items. 

"Duke placed this device in a stairwell within the school dorm and detonated the device, causing a loud blast that disrupted other students who were in the building at the time," police said.

Melbourne police said an investigation is ongoing.

On Monday, a judge raised Duke's bond to $10,000 and ordered him not to return to school, an order Duke's attorney said he'll fight.

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