Housekeepers find plenty of questionable things while cleaning the homes of their employers I'm sure, but an Arizona housekeeper found something truly terrifying this week. While cleaning the room of 18-year-old Joshua Prater, she came across an improvised explosive device, otherwise known as an IED ... or a bomb.
According to USA Today, the unidentified woman thought it looked suspicious and took it along with some pictures of additional bomb-making materials she found into the local fire station that afternoon to have them checked out. They confirmed her suspicions, dismantled the device (which incidentally could have seriously injured or killed her), and yesterday the high school senior was arrested on suspicion of possessing an IED and taken into custody.
Sgt Mike Pooley of the Tempe Police Department told Arizona Family:
There was a fuse that was coming out from the device which would be how you light it and it would cause the fuse to go in there and explode. The bomb was ready to go. It was active. All it needed was the trigger.
And there it was, just sitting there in the room of a suburban teenager. Chilling.
Police say they didn't find evidence that Prater was planning on carrying out any attacks at his high school or elsewhere, and Prater says he built the device eight years ago and didn't know it contained explosive powder (um, what?). Still the community is legitimately freaked out by this news. Why the hell was he building them in the first place? And how is it possible that his parents had no clue they were in there? Hopefully we'll learn more as the investigation continues.
In any case, good for this housekeeper for speaking up and alerting authorities (and thank goodness she didn't get hurt in the process!). I'm sure some would just look the other way out of fear for their job or fear of being wrong, but she did what needed to do. Who knows what kind of a horrific act she may have prevented.
Do you think this housekeeper is a hero? Why do you think this boy would have such a device in his room?
Image via Maricopa County Sheriff's Office