Falkville man among 13 arrested at the U.S. Capitol; DOJ says 11 Molotov cocktails found in his truck

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Updated: Jan. 8, 2021 at 3:11 PM CST
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Among the 13 individuals arrested following the riots at the U.S. Capitol, a 70-year-old man from north Alabama was one of them.

Lonnie Coffman had 11 explosive devices known as “Molotov cocktails” and firearm’s inside of his truck, according to Capitol Police officers. A law enforcement database check revealed the vehicle was registered to Coffman with a home address in Falkville.

The Molotov cocktail devices were explained as 11 mason jars containing gasoline, golf tees, cloth rags, and lighters. Upon finding these materials, bomb technicians confirmed the items could be used as explosive, destructive devices.

Police say Coffman’s truck was found parked just south of the Capitol building after a report was made of a possible explosive device in the area.

As the search continued, officers say they also found a black handgun, an M4 Carbine assault rifle along with rifle magazines loaded with ammunition inside of Coffman’s truck.

Possession of these components without registering any “destructive devices” with the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record violates 26 U.S.C. § 5861(d).

After further questioning, Coffman admitted the mason jars contained “melted styrofoam and gasoline,” an explosive, flammable mixture, according to the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives.

Coffman is charged with possession of an unregistered firearm (destructive device) and carrying a pistol without a license.

Coffman was arrested and is currently being held. His detention hearing is scheduled for January 12.

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