(CORNELIA, Ga.) — Her father says she’s just a daddy’s girl with some unladylike hobbies. The FBI and the ATF disagree.
Celia Alchemy Savage, 23, was arrested by federal and local officials after a Wednesday search of her Cornelia, Ga. home allegedly turned up two pipe bombs, a pistol, suspected marijuana and methamphetamine and alleged drug paraphernalia. She is being held on federal weapons, explosives and drug charges, and has been denied bond.
According to the criminal complaint, when an ATF agent asked Savage what there was to do in Cornelia, Ga., she said, “Blow things up.” The agent said that Savage also stated that she “likes to blow up toilets in the woods.”
Savage allegedly told authorities that “manufacturing explosive devices and detonating them for recreation was her hobby,” and that she had built five to seven pipe bombs for fun.
“Savage stated she was aware that it was wrong, or against the law, to manufacture the destructive devices,” alleged the ATF agent in the criminal complaint, “but claimed she has a passion for it.”
The complaint alleges that the drugs, drug paraphernalia, “numerous pills,” pistol and bomb components were found in a bedroom of the residence that Savage described as her “lab.” According to the ATF agent, Savage admitted that she had used marijuana “the previous day and methamphetamine two (2) months ago.”
A video of Savage blowing up a toilet in the woods can still be seen on YouTube. Savage’s father, Tommy Savage, confirmed to investigative reporter Mark Winne of ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV that his daughter was the person seen in the video.
Savage’s Facebook profile, which is also still on the web, lists “explosives” as an interest, her political orientation as “anarchist” and her status as “Push to test. Release to detonate.”
“I despise all law enforcement and any governing authority,” she says in her “about Celia” section. “I am not one for selective targeting but mass destruction.” Various photos show Savage with high-powered weapons, holding a snake, riding a motorcycle, in a kickboxing stance and posing with her father and a dead animal.
The profile also includes a paraphrased quote from Scott Adams, the creator of the quotes from George S. Patton and U.S. Grant: “There is no problem that cannot be solved by the use of high explosives.”
Savage’s father Tommy told Winne of WSB-TV that his daughter was a daddy’s girl and a church-going college student who is not a member of any radical group. “She likes to hunt and fish,” said Savage. “She loves shooting. She goes sky diving. All kinds of stuff like that that you wouldn’t really typically think of a young lady doing.” He denied that she was a drug user, but said he worried about some of the people with whom she’d been hanging out.
Tommy Savage also said, however, that his daughter shared his distrust of government. “I think everybody ought to be able to set on their property and do whatever the heck they want to,” he told Winne.
Tommy Savage declined a request from ABC News for comment. His daughter’s court-appointed lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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