Irondale Resident Arrested Following Explosion at Alabama Attorney General’s Office

Irondale Resident Arrested Following Explosion at Alabama Attorney General's Office

Montgomery, Alabama—Court papers say that a man from Irondale has been charged with federal crimes related to the explosion outside of the Alabama Attorney General’s office in Montgomery early on February 24.

Two felonies are being charged against Kyle Benjamin Douglas Calvert, 26, who was caught on Wednesday. One charge is malicious damage by an explosive, and the other is having an unregistered destructive device.

Everyone who was nearby was safe after the blast, and no major damage was done to any buildings.

Attorney General Steve Marshall said, “My staff and I are all breathing a sigh of relief this morning knowing that this person has been taken off the streets.”

There will be more information in the coming weeks, but I think it’s safe to say that this wasn’t just a random act of violence. We’re thankful to our federal and local friends for their help with this, and we’re glad that the criminal is now facing federal charges that could lead to a long prison sentence.

“Thanks to the work of the FBI and our state and local law enforcement partners, this defendant is being held accountable for allegedly setting off an explosive device outside of the Alabama Attorney General’s Office,” U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said.

He also said, “The Justice Department will not stand for violence against people who work for the public.”

The case was looked into by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the FBI Mobile Field Office, the Montgomery Resident Agency Office, and the Alabama Attorney General’s Office.

For the Middle District of Alabama, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Russell T. Duraski and Brett J. Talley are in charge of the case.

Calvert could get 20 years in jail and a fine for causing damage with an explosive if he is found guilty.

He could also get 10 years in jail and a $10,000 fine for having a destructive device that wasn’t registered.

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