The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released new details regarding Wesley Dallas Ayers, a serial bomber who placed homemade explosive devices across one county early last year. On Monday, the FBI shared a map of where the various devices were discovered, a timeline of events, and a photo of a teddy bear that Ayers used to disguise a pipe bomb.
Ayers, according to a report by WSPA, was a serial bomber who placed numerous explosive devices across Anderson County, South Carolina, in early 2018. Over a month-long period, authorities said that three bombs along with three “hoax devices” were found.
Just weeks after one man’s legs were injured by a roadside bomb created by Ayers, Ayers placed a teddy bear in a box in the middle of a road. The teddy bear, which was discovered on February 15, 2018, disguised a pipe bomb that was filled with nails.
“[The teddy bear bomb] was deliberately placed where a child or passerby could have found it,” said Special Agent Christopher Derrickson, an FBI Columbia JTTF supervisor. “Fortunately, someone saw it and knew to call us.”
Upon arriving at the scene, bomb technicians were able to disable the device. No one was injured.
The last bomb created by Ayers that was discovered was also found along a road. It was inside a wooden box that had Arabic writing on it, according to the FBI.
Local police reportedly received a tip from a man who said Ayers had been building homemade bombs. After conducting a search of Ayers home, they discovered various bomb components, a vest typically used by suicide bombers, as well as “terrorist propaganda,” including pieces written by Osama bin Laden.
This year, Ayers received a 30-year sentence after pleading guilty to charges of using weapons of mass destruction, using an explosive device during the commission of a felony, and possessing and discharging a firearm to further a violent crime.