Vero Beach man accused of making explosive device on boat faces felony

Vero Beach man accused of making explosive device on boat faces felony

VERO BEACH — A Vero Beach man accused early Sunday morning of having an explosive device aboard a boat is in custody facing a felony charge, according to jail records and an arrest report released Monday.

Michael Ferris, 39, is being held at the Indian River County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond after Vero Beach police found an “improvised explosive device” in the cabin of a 30-foot sailboat he was living on at the Vero Beach Municipal Marina in the Indian River Lagoon, reports show.

He’s charged with a felony count of making or possessing a destructive device.

Michael Ferris

The incident began after Vero Beach Police were contacted Saturday night by Marble Head Police in Massachusetts, to report a woman reported that her brother sent her a video “advising her that he made a bomb and was going to ‘take it to the airport.’”

It’s unclear what airport Ferris was referencing, but when Vero Beach police located him aboard a blue sailboat, officers found a suspected explosive device inside a gray backpack on the floor toward the front of the cabin.

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Members of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad, who were called in to assist, X-rayed the device and found the devise “contained two butane bottles, 1-gallon water bottle, flare gun, electrical wires, a capacitator and a circuit board.”

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