A 23-year-old woman from Cornelia who told FBI agents she makes bombs and blows up toilets as a hobby was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday on three counts of making and possessing explosive devices and possessing firearms while being an unlawful drug user.
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 arrested Celia Alchemy Savage on May 30 after a search of her home.
During that search, authorities found several explosive devices, firearms, small amounts of suspected controlled substances, material to manufacture more explosive devices and literature on anarchy, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
A criminal complaint said Savage referred to the room where the items were found as her “lab.” While being transported by officers to be interviewed, Savage agreed to speak with an FBI agent without her attorney present. The agent asked Savage what there was to do around the Cornelia area.
According to the complaint, Savage responded with “blow things up.” She then told agents she likes to make pipe bombs and blow up toilets in the woods near her home. She told officers she knew it was wrong to make explosives but said it was her passion. She also told agents that she used marijuana the day before her arrest and methamphetamine two months prior. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count.
Savage’s actions came to light after a “concerned citizen” reported seeing explosive devices in her home, according to information presented in court.
The investigation also focused on information on Savage’s Facebook page.
“During their investigation, agents found that Savage had posted disturbing quotes on a social networking site, where she noted that one of her favorite quotes included, ‘There is no problem that cannot be solved by the use of high explosives,’” according to the Department of Justice.
“She also posted about herself that she was not ‘one for selective targeting but mass destruction,’” and that her favorite books included “The Anarchist Cookbook.”
“Explosives are not to be played with or taken lightly, and if these dangerous items had gotten into the wrong hands or been used in other criminal activities, the consequences could have been dramatic,” Scott Sweetow, ATF special agent in charge, said in a news release. “But thankfully, they did not and Ms. Savage must now answer for her actions.”
Savage is scheduled for an arraignment at 10 a.m. July 6 in Gainesville.
Her court-appointed attorney, Thomas Jesse Waldrop, did not return phone calls from The Times on Thursday.
Her father, Tommy Savage, had said that his daughter likes to hunt and fish and “loves” shooting. He said he thinks the government should stay out of her business.