A Federal Way, Washington man is in custody after blowing up his SUV in his parents' driveway with homemade explosives Tuesday. King County prosecutors say the 34-year-old was charged Thursday with possession of an incendiary device. Federal agents and local law enforcement seized 22 pounds of triacetone triperoxide, also known as TATP, and 20 pounds of the explosive tannerite from the property where Joshua Brooks lives with his parents.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Federal Way police, FBI, ATF still here at SUV explosion. Police arrested a man earlier tonight. <a href="https://t.co/jD154YPEXA">pic.twitter.com/jD154YPEXA</a></p>— Ryan Takeo (@RyanTakeoK5) <a href="https://twitter.com/RyanTakeoK5/status/1004240732566138881?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 6, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Brooks remains in jail at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent where he is being held on $250,000 bail. Firefighters responded just before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to several reports of loud explosions as well as an SUV on fire in the 29800 block of Fourth Avenue Southwest. The explosive triggered by Brooks left damage to nearby lawns and residences prompting the firefighters to call the police bomb technicians to the scene.
When police arrived, they made contact with Brooks who told them the Toyota 4Runner parked in the driveway was his vehicle but the only thing inside of it was spray paint. Officers said they found the windshield of the 4Runner nearly 300 feet away among other debris from the explosion on the roofs of neighbors' homes over 200 feet from the blast. Somehow, no one was injured in the massive blast.
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Investigators say that while no explosive device was found at the scene, "the significant damage and large debris field indicate explosives were responsible for the damage." Brooks' parents arrived to find the aftermath of the explosion and told officers their son was fired earlier that day from his job at a wastewater-treatment facility. They also said Brooks had a history of depression, an addiction to prescription pain medication, and fooled around with chemistry as a hobby.
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