WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) - A Williamsville man is accused of having bomb-making materials inside his apartment. Pictures of 25-year-old Duncan Badding show the young man breathing fire.
Wednesday night, the FBI, ATF and the Erie County Bomb Squad swarmed Badding's home at the Williamsburg Square Apartments. Amherst Police originally responded there for a call of 'shots fired.' But officers quickly found out this call would be anything but routine.
Police are not saying exactly what they found inside, other than to say that it was elaborate chemicals obtained legally to make illegal explosives.
Badding was arraigned Thursday morning on felony counts of reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon. Amherst Police Asst. Chief Charles Cohen told News 4 they found finished products as well as unfinished products, mostly chemical-based.
Authorities say there were chemicals in almost every room. Though police point out there are no links to a terrorist plot and no specific threats were made.
"He was initially cooperative. I can't comment on his state of mind right now," said Asst. Chief Cohen.
Agents spent all night on the scene removing dozens of bags of evidence. Police were originally called to the home around 5 p.m. on Wednesday and say Badding was target shooting at bottles outside with a .22 rifle.
Neighbor Tyler Schmitt said, "About once a week he'd be setting something off, something that would in a sense...you'd feel it. And it was loud enough where you could definitely hear it. It would be during the middle of the night."
Badding appears to be the life of the party on YouTube videos titled "Duncan's Experiment" or "Duncan Dances." His Facebook page lists Canisius as his school.
Chris Kowalski said, "I've seen him walking around and coming in and out of the apartment and I've seen him bouncing. He has a pogo-stick that I saw him jumping on. He seemed like a normal person."
But Asst. Chief Cohen said, "A lot of his behavior was inconsistent with how you would normally conduct yourself."
Police say Badding could eventually faces federal charges. He did not say much in court Thursday morning but he told Judge Mark Farrell he meant no harm and was experimenting.
Badding is at the Holding Center on a half million dollars bond or a quarter million dollars cash bail. Judge Farrell ordered a mental evaluation.
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