Kenneth Kimbley's Fourth of July plans weren't that different than those made by families all across the country. The 58-year-old (pictured at right) from Spirit Lake, Idaho, not too far from Spokane, wanted to blow something up. It's just what he wanted to watch explode, and how he intended to make it go boom, that got the FBI's attention.
Last Saturday, Kimbley invited the agent and some of his other buddies to come over to his place. The point of their rendezvous: to make their own grenades using surplus military parts.
The Spokesman-Review reports that Kimbley's case was "part of an ongoing investigation that took on sudden urgency" when the FBI found out about the grenade party.
Reading between the lines, it's clear the investigators were a little concerned Kimbley and his buddies were gonna do more than just toss the explosives at a couple of old beaters on his lawn -- a suspicion that was no doubt backed up when they also found 10,000 rounds of ammunition in a storage locker after arresting Kimbley.
"We don't like calling people in on a holiday weekend, but we felt we needed to take action immediately," said Don Robinson, supervisory agent for the FBI's Coeur d'Alene office, to the Review.
Kimbley is facing charges of unlawfully making a firearm and of being a felon in possession of a firearm.