Two men have been charged with murder in an explosion at a house near St. Louis that authorities say killed four people who were making fireworks in a garage.
St. Louis County prosecutors say Terrell Cooks, 37, and Seneca Mahan, 43, were making fireworks and guiding younger people on how to fill canisters and fasten a lighting fuse. Then they would sell fireworks to others. Neither Cooks nor Mahan had permission to make or sell fireworks.
Cooks and Mehan are charged with three counts of second-degree murder and several other charges of explosion on Friday near the town of Black Jack. They were indicted before the fourth victim died on Saturday.
The victims of a powerful explosion that shook other houses and blew up neighbors’ windows have been identified as Travel Eason, 16; Christopher Jones, 17; Damario Cooks, 18; and William Jones, 21.
Authorities said that a 12-year-old child was also injured in the explosion, but he was St. Louis Post-Dispatch he reported that police could not provide details on Sunday about how many others were still hospitalized.
Cooks and Martin were detained on $ 350,000 bail. Online court records have not yet listed the cases, so it was not clear whether the men have lawyers who could comment on the charges.
Court documents say Cooks admitted that he and Mahan made explosive devices designed to make a loud bang and a strong flash. Investigators saw Kuks move boxes of chemicals used to make explosives into his vehicle after Friday’s explosion, and found large quantities of “finished explosive weapons and components for their production” when they searched Kuks’ house and other vehicles.