On Monday, a man was charged with trying to blow up a Confederate statue in Texas. Andrew Schneck was spotted by a ranger kneeling next to the statue of Confederate Maj. Richard Dowling.
The ranger reported seeing Schneck with two small boxes. Then, he took a swig from a bottle and spat out a clear liquid. The ranger noticed a timer and wires coming from the boxes.
The authorities believe Schneck had all of the materials needed to make a bomb. He was charged with attempting to damage the statue. The clear liquid was nitroglycerin.
The Justice Department said in a statement:
“Nitroglycerin is highly dangerous to transport or use. In its undiluted form, it is one of the world’s most powerful explosives.”
Court documents also say that Schneck had conducted his own chemistry experiments at home.
Other cities and universities have removed Confederate monuments. Multiple petitions have emerged and protests have happened to remove Confederate monuments.
This is not the first time Schneck has faced charges relating to explosives. In 2014, Schneck was charged by federal prosecutors for storing explosive materials in his home.
The penalty for trying to blow up the statue could be up to 40 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Schneck’s attorney, Philip Hilder, said by phone:
“It’s an evolving situation and the investigation is continuing. So far I have not seen any evidence and it would be premature to comment at this time.”
I’m all for removing the statues, but blowing them up is just plain dangerous.
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