• College student accused of building bombs indicted


    A federal grand jury has indicted a north Georgia college student on charges of making explosive devices and possessing firearms while being an unlawful drug user.

    A small army of federal and local law enforcement raided a house in the woods where the girl lives near Cornelia last month. At the time, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Celia Savage admitted to building bombs.

    “This defendant allegedly created a potentially deadly ‘lab’ in her house where federal agents found explosive devices made from heavy metal pipe, explosive powder, and fuses,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.  “Making bombs is serious, and the combination of explosives and drugs creates a situation that law enforcement cannot ignore.”

    Authorities were tipped off to the alleged activity after a resident in the area reported seeing what appeared to be explosive devices in Savage’s home. Agents also said they found a series of social media posts where Savage advocates use of explosives. 

    Savage has been detained without bond since May 30 but is scheduled for an arraignment on July 6. Her charges carry a maximum 10-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine on each count.

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