A Florala man and his wife have been arrested after drugs and an explosive device were found inside the home they share with their two children.
Chief Sonny Bedsole says his assistant chief and DHR officials went to a home on 7th Avenue Monday around 2 p.m. to follow-up on a domestic violence case and ended up charging Kelly Hardy and his wife, Carrie, after their house was searched and alarming items were discovered.
While authorities were interviewing family members, one of them disclosed that Kelly Hardy had made a bomb and showed the device to the assistant chief. A photo was taken and sent to Chief Bedsole, who has had training in explosives during his law enforcement career. He immediately recognized that it was a dangerous bomb.
According to the chief, Kelly Hardy was read his Miranda rights. He then agreed to a search of the home. Officers recognized items used to make methamphetamine and a search warrant was obtained.
The Dothan Bomb Squad was called in to assist because family members indicated there could be other explosives on the property. Only the one bomb was found. It has since been disposed of.
Chief Bedsole says the couple had pseudoephedrine separation underway and other items like nail polish remover, lighter fluid, and coffee filters making meth. The finished product was also found.
The bomb and meth bath were in the master bedroom, the chief added. Kelly Hardy also had a recipe book for making meth using the “shake and bake” method.
As for the bomb, the chief says it was six inches long and contained gun powder, shrapnel (nails and screws) and a source to ignite it.
“They just wanted to see if they could make one. He didn’t know it was illegal," the chief said, adding he found out how to make it from online.
Kelly Hardy was charged with unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance and unlawful possession or manufacturing of an explosive device. He is in the Covington County Jail on a $560,000 bond.
Carrie Hardy was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bail was set at $13,000.
The couple’s children were left in the care of DHR, police said.
Bedsole said he was relieved that the situation inside the Hardy’s home was discovered and dismantled by authorities, making the neighborhood safer.
“One mistake on Mr. Hardy’s part with the components of that bomb, with homes on each side of him, could have been very bad. The explosive device was on the floor next to the meth lab in their bedroom. All of that is extremely dangerous. The neighbors were very upset and concerned and we hope they can rest easier now,” the chief added.
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