Investigators Charge New Jersey Fugitive John Kaminsky With 45 Counts of Manufacture Explosive Devices

John Kaminsky, arrested Thursday afternoon on fugitive warrants from New Jersey, now faces drug and explosives charges, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

“Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Marshals task force, including members of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Kaminsky, 30, at 398 S.W. Duval Ave., Port St. Lucie,” Sheriff Mascara said. “He is wanted in New Jersey for failing to appear in court on a charge of assault using an auto and another charged of failing to pay child support. He is being held without bond at the St. Lucie County jail until he can be extradited to New Jersey.”

The Sheriff said when the task force arrested Kaminsky, they found marijuana at the home where he was living. He is now charged with possessing more than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug equipment.

In addition, Kaminsky told investigators that he had explosive materials in the home which he uses to make fireworks.

Nearby homes were evacuated and traffic in the 300 block of Duval Avenue was closed to traffic for five hours Thursday afternoon and early evening while members of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s bomb squad and officers of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives removed the materials from the home.

These materials appeared to be components of explosive devices with fuses and materials for making explosive devices. Investigators carefully removed the materials and took them to a safe location for further analysis.

This afternoon, Kaminsky is being additionally charged with 45 counts of manufacturing explosive devices, Sheriff Mascara said.


The Florida Constitution establishes the Office of the elected County Sheriff who is responsible for preserving the peace, carrying out the orders of Florida courts and the Board of County Commissioners, and providing deputies at court sessions and meetings of the Board of County Commissioners. The Sheriff is the chief correctional officer of the county. Sheriff Ken J. Mascara is elected by the people of St. Lucie County and is accountable to them.




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