A homeowner discovered on Tuesday that his house had been rigged with explosives set to detonate at the flip of a light switch.
Lendel Williams was inspecting his Milton, Massachusetts, home after tenants had moved out in order to sell. However, Williams' electrician discovered a suspicious device in a bedroom closet where a section of wall had recently been plastered over.
Williams immediately called police, who deactivated the contraption a few hours later.
“I am angry,” Williams said. “I just can’t believe people can really do that to be quite frank with you.”
The device included a gallon of a flammable substance with wires snaking out of it and around the house. The end of the explosive was attached to a light switch. The intricate system could have caused death, according to authorities.
“We believe the intention was that if someone flipped the light switch on where it ended, the device would have exploded,” Milton Police Chief Richard Wells said. “It took some work to put it in there.”
Police have not yet named suspects, though they are considering anyone who had access to the home. According to Williams, it’s possible that his former tenants are responsible for the contraption.
Last week, police were called to the home after Williams reported that cement had been poured down the drain. On Sunday, the former tenants moved out after living in the property since June.