Few people on Breezy Oak Court knew the people who moved in to a home near the end of the street. Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, no one could stop talking about the mystery residents.
That's because Tuesday evening, the house exploded. The force of the blast sent the garage door zooming across the street. Widows were shattered; siding melted.
This was not an accidental fire, according to Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco.
"There was the green leafy material that had indications of Spice," or synthetic marijuana. One man inside the home suffered serious burns. Detectives say they found chemicals consistent with the manufacture of synthetic marijuana.
The state has been playing a game of chemical "cat and mouse" with those who make the substance. Spice, or K2 is sometimes smoked as a substitute for pot. The state has been trying to ban some of its chemicals it is composed of.
When the formula changes, it makes the substance legal.
The burn suspect has not been identified or arrested.
"There was nothing good in what he was intending to do," Sheriff Nocco said. "He was not a chemistry student trying to help better the world. He was not trying to cure cancer. This guy was trying to destroy families for greed."
Investigators are analyzing the chemicals found inside the home. If they are legal, the burn victim and others inside may avoid arrest.
The sheriff suggested the burn victim is already being punished.
"Bad things happen to bad people. I keep going back to that. I have no remorse for that happened to this individual last night," Nocco said.
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
Didn't find what you were looking for?