by Chip Osowski
A 39-year-old Florida man was arrested Wednesday night for sending an e-mail threatening to make the Lakeland High School reunion worse than the Virginia Tech shootings.
Timothy Joseph Vaughn was charged with aggravated cyberstalking, 178 counts of possession of a destructive device, and possession of material used to manufacture a destructive device.
Vaughn received an e-mail from Classmates.com about the upcoming reunion for the Lakeland High School Class of 1987.
Vaughn responded from his personal e-mail account, stating that he was going to "make Virginia Tech look like a birthday party," according to an affidavit.
Detectives went to Vaughn's home and arrested him.
They said Vaughn told them he sent the e-mail, and that he hated all his classmates, and just wanted to be left alone.
Shortly thereafter, detectives noticed an M-80.
They searched the home and found 178 homemade M-80s and M-100s and 700 additional devices under construction, authorities said.
M-80s and M-100s are large firecrackers first manufactured by the U.S. military to simulate gunfire.
They were outlawed in 1966.
They are considered illegal explosives by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Vaughn was taken to Polk County Jail.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and a local bomb squad assisted in the collection of the evidence.