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Seminole Woods Scare: Canadian Arrested After Setting Off Home-Made Bomb in Lake

| November 7, 2010

Traffic was diverted from Seminole Woods Blvd. to Cittation and Sesame rds. then back to Seminoel Woods. (© FlaglerLive)

One man is under arrest and three were briefly held by Flagler County Sheriff’s Office deputies after traveling here from Daytona Beach with seven home-made bombs and setting one off in water, Sheriff Don Fleming said Sunday evening.

The men were in the Dry Lake area of Seminole Woods. The area is secure, Fleming said: no one has been injured.

“They came with seven home-made bombs,” Fleming said, “they set one off into the water… they were obviously screwing around.”

Patrick Cossette (FCSO)

Patrick Taylor Cossette, 20, originally from Montreal but now living in an apartment at 900 peninsula Drive in Daytona Beach, was booked into the Flagler County jail early Monday morning on felony and misdemeanor charges, including making or throwing a destructive device, trespassing, the unlawful possession of a handcuff key, possession of burglary tools, making a false report to law enforcement, and tampering or destroying evidence. He was held on $12,000 bond. He bonded out by Monday afternoon. (See Cossette’s story here.)

The sheriff added: “We got there, we arrested one, we are holding three right now; I don’t yet know if we’re going to charge the other three right now.” (By 8:30 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the three were charged with misdemeanors and given notices to appear. The actual charges were not yet specified.)

St. Johns County Sheriff's bomb squad's 'Frosty,' a bomb-handling robot, was on its way to Seminole Woods Sunday evening. (© FlaglerLive)

Fleming said officials from the FBI, the ATF and the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office’s bomb squad were on their way at around 7 p.m. The bomb squad, which last saw action in Flagler County last December in Bunnell, when a bomb was believed to have been left at the Bank of America (the device was a fake) arrived around 8 p.m.

The dispatch of the various agencies was more of a precaution than a necessity.

“Nobody got hurt,” Fleming said. “We’re just letting the neighborhood know we’ve got the scene under control.”

Also at the scene:

Station 92 from the Flagler County Fire Department, Flagler County’s Engine 92 and Rescue 92 and a brush-fire fighting vehicle from the Flagler Beach Fire Department, and an ambulance. Station 31 (Korona) was also at the scene from late afternoon to 1:30 am.

The scene round 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. was quiet: fire police was diverting southbound traffic on Seminole Woods onto Citation Parkway and Sesame Blvd. About 150 yards south of the roadblock, another cluster of law enforcement vehicles could be seen spotting the darkness. That stretch of Seminole Woods Blvd., off limits to anyone not with law enforcement, is not inhabited. Authorities at the scene were tight-lipped, as was a deputy with a K-9 dog who stopped briefly at the roadblock. No one displayed urgency or anxiety, however. A few Flagler County Sheriff’s cruisers went through the roadblock to the scene further south, a few drove back. The sheriff’s office never needed its Fireflight helicopter, and all signs pointed to a scene under control.


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15 Responses for “Seminole Woods Scare: Canadian Arrested After Setting Off Home-Made Bomb in Lake”

  1. A parent says:

    Great. Just what we need. Imported idiots doing stupid things.

  2. Diarmuid says:

    Seminole Woods Blvd Blocked from Citation to Sesame Blvd , Just Drove around to see wat was going on…..

  3. cyd weeks says:

    Charge them all…they were all together, everyone in that car knew what they were doing or going to do.
    Give ’em a record so it can be tracked. Enough is enough..that’s NOT funny.

  4. PCadiron says:

    “They came with seven home-made bombs,” Fleming said, “they set one off into the water… they were obviously screwing around.”

    Does this mean that this won’t be taken as a serious threat?

  5. JSV says:

    “Nobody got hurt,” Fleming said. “We’re just letting the neighborhood now we’ve got the scene under control.”

    i believe it should be “Know” not “now”…….

  6. NortonSmitty says:

    This is so idiotic. Bet these were acid bombs as the Authorities love to call them. They use the reaction of like vinegar and aluminum foil to inflate a plastic Coke bottle to the size of a small garbage can and then it goes BOOM! Big deal. We have done this since i was a kid. But now we have to get the Department of Homeland Security involved, as well as the local fuzz, rile up the locals and show that we need to be protected. From people having fun making BOOM!

    I really don’t feel safer, but I do feel sad for what a chickenshit society we have become.

  7. Orion says:

    Sounds like an over reaction to the situation, with all the equipment and personnel. When the bomb squad was called for the Bank In Bunnell, it took quite awhile for them to respond. I guess erring on the side of over reacting is better than nothing at all. You would think, we’d at least have 1-2 deputies trained in responding to a bomb scarew. What is scarrier is the number of Daytona punks, who come here to play and live. I wonder who reported this to FCSO?

  8. Kendall says:

    I don’t think this was an overreaction. Do we know for sure that all seven of these devices were going to be deployed at Dry Lake? Perhaps the first one was detonated there to make sure they work. When bombs of any kind are found smack in the middle of a residential subdivision it’s pretty serious.

    I hope the perps are ordered by the judge to pay for all of the response last night. Every penny of it.

  9. Amber says:

    I live in Seminole Woods and last night about 1:20 they must have began detonating them. I was awakened to my house shaking by the explosion. Over about 30 minutes there were a total of 3 explosions.

  10. Beth says:

    I’m glad they over-reacted for my & my families security. I agree these punks should have to pay every penny of the cost of all the response last night. Why didn’t they do this in their own town?

  11. ItsMe says:


    oh I don’t know….you’d have to call ATF and the FBI who were also on scene to find that out……

  12. PCadiron says:

    Thank you ItsMe for the thinly veiled sarcasm. My question was more in response to what Fleming had to say. It just seemed like he was not taking this seriously.

  13. Haw Creek Girl says:

    I am very, very sad. From Flaglerlive, I just learned the identity of the young man arrested yesterday for this incident. I have personally known Taylor Cosette for over 6 yrs. He is a good boy. He is very, very intelligent and at times, misguided. Please, take the time for all the facts to come out on this. Taylor is not a ‘Canadian man from Daytona’. He’s just a young boy who was born in Canada and has lived in Flagler and Volusia County for most, if not all of his 20 yrs. I know, his actions and choices weren’t so good but please…….remember that we all have stories to tell that lead us to where we are. Taylor’s life hasn’t been so easy at times……I hope and pray that this will just be a lesson for him to apply to his life going forward.

  14. Alexa says:

    I just live about 5 miles from the crime scenen happened.
    I wasnt watchin a show all nice and happy
    me: wat was tht?
    Me: mom wat was tht???
    10 mins l8r
    me: wat was tht???
    mom: i think my washermachine exploded
    2 secs l8r

    my guard and speciall police traineed dog sniffin and howlin like a wolf
    my sister gettin rddy 2 diall 911
    me hiding under my sheets
    my mom is frozen
    just wat i need in my perfect quite neighboorhood alll scared

  15. DILLIGAF says:

    lets go back to the fires that about burned seminole woods up in a fire storm a few year back . how did it start ????? well you had some assholes in the hunting club that were playing with home made pipe bombs and they blew them up and started the woods on fire and a bunch of people lost everything . and those assholes did not live in this county these so called good kids could of done the same thing or mabe this was a trial run to see how powerfull the bomb was or they might of used them in one of our schools or to get even at some one !!!! so i am glad that the law -enforcement did what they did and too bad if it put some of you out and you had to stop at a road block and be routed in a safe direction to keep you safe at least they did not burn everything you worked hard for to the ground you people should give law-enforcement a big thank you but no you just bitch about what they do god for bid some one might have a little bit of pride in this county and thank them for a good job .my family thanks all of you guy that try to keep us safe the law-enforcement and the fire department thank you .

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