A 23-year-old college student is being held in the Hall County jail after she told FBI agents she makes bombs and blows up toilets as a hobby.
Celia Alchemy Savage was denied bond Thursday and is being held on federal drug, weapons and explosive charges.
Public Defender Kendal Silas, who is representing Savage, had no comment on the case when reached Friday. No additional court appearances have been scheduled.
According to a criminal complaint, special agents and officers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, FBI, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office searched Savage’s home Wednesday.
Officers found items relating to the manufacture of explosive devices, two metal pipe bombs, multiple firearms, suspected drug paraphernalia, suspected marijuana, methamphetamine and numerous pills in one of the bedrooms of the house, according to the court documents.
Savage referred to the bedroom as her “lab,” the complaint stated.
Officers met with Savage at the house and transported her to another location to be interviewed.
While being transported, Savage agreed to speak with an FBI agent without an attorney present. The agent asked Savage what there was to do around the Cornelia area. According to the complaint, Savage answered: “Blow things up.”
Savage told the agent she enjoys making pipe bombs and likes to blow up toilets in the woods.
A video of her blowing up a toilet was posted online but since has been removed.
She went on to tell agents she has made as many as seven pipe bombs, and a cherry bomb out of a tennis ball and gun powder. She told the agent they could find them in her lab.
Savage also admitted to officers that she has used illegal drugs, marijuana the day before the arrest and methamphetamine two months ago.
Savage told officers she knew it was against the law to manufacture explosives but said it was her passion.
According to Savage’s Facebook page, she’s a student at Gainesville State College studying mechanical engineering. She previously studied automotive mechanics at North Georgia Technical College and attended Habersham Central High School.
She has posted several photos of herself shooting guns, skydiving, rock climbing and wrestling on her page.
Many of her friends on Facebook are leaving messages of encouragement and outrage on her page. One friend, Charlene Taylor, wrote that her best friend is not a terrorist and she’s upset about the arrest.
“She is a very kind, loving person who would never hurt anyone,” Taylor wrote. “So she likes to blow up toilets in her backyard. It doesn’t make her a terrorist. She is not a drug addict, either.”
Other friends have made comments on Savage’s page suggesting that someone may have alerted the authorities to her activities.
“What you do on your own property should be your own business. Nobody was being hurt (besides the commodes) and this stinks of personal vendetta,” Kate Hahn wrote.
Savage’s father, Tommy Savage, told The Times the police advised him not to comment on his daughter’s arrest.