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Panama City man accused of tossing bombs at Brevard residences

Michael Patrick Aaberg, 24, faces several charges

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – A 24-year-old Panama City man who police said used chemical bombs to attack the homes of his ex-girlfriend and another friend is being held at the Brevard County jail on a $75,000 bond.

Michael Patrick Aaberg was arrested at 9:50 a.m. Monday in Cocoa. Aaberg was charged with one felony count of making and throwing a destructive device, according to police reports.

Palm Bay police issued a warrant for Aaberg’s arrest after being called to investigate reports of chemical bombs being used to target a woman’s residence around 7:15 p.m. July 28 on Dateland Road in Palm Bay, according to an arrest affidavit.

“He threw a couple chemical bombs at his ex-girlfriend’s house, and then they went up to Rockledge to his buddy’s house and threw a couple chemical bombs,” Lt. Mike Bandish, spokesman for the Palm Bay Police Department, told News 6 partner Florida Today.

Bandish said the bomb was a tinfoil,pressurized chemical bomb made from a water bottle. These home-made explosives typically rely on a toilet cleaner, like Drano, and the aluminum to create the strong chemical base, he said.

Police said Aaberg is accused of throwing two bombs at his ex-girlfriend's house. An occupant of the home walked outside after the first chemical bomb exploded and was nearly hit by the second, according to Bandish.

"The strong base or alkaloid is like acid,” Bandish said. “It can cause severe damage to the skin and eyes.”

No injuries were reported.

"I heard something but I didn't expect to see anything," said next-door neighbor Stanley Thompson about the explosions.

Another neighbor told News 6 the booms could be heard from the other end of the street.

"We've never seen nothing like this before," said Thompson.

Records show police interviewed Aaberg the next day, July 29.

He told police it was just a practical joke.

The occupant of Aaberg’s ex-girlfriend’s home saw a white Ford Ranger driving away from the scene. Aaberg’s ex-girlfriend identified the vehicle as Aaberg’s.

The 24-year-old turned himself in to Brevard authorities Monday after his attorney said his mother drove him down from Panama City, where he now lives after growing up in Cocoa.

A judge Tuesday reduced Aaberg's bond from $100,000 to $75,000.

His next court appearance is scheduled Oct. 5.
Police continue to investigate the case.