There's no reason to believe a York City man found in possession of pipe bomb-making materials early Friday morning intended to hurt anyone, York City Police Chief Wes Kahley said.
"Right now it doesn't appear these materials were going to be used for anything but this person's entertainment," he said. "If we felt this was someone with the intent to do harm, we'd have requested stronger bail. We don't have any information that he was going to ... blow anything up."
Michael Ryan Pryor, 24, of 494 Madison Ave., is free on $15,000 unsecured bail, meaning he didn't have to put up any money to be released, but would forfeit that amount if he violates bail conditions.
He's charged with risking a catastrophe, unlawful possession of weapons of mass destruction and possession of prohibited offensive weapons.
Police obtained a search warrant and raided his home after a witness gave them a pipe bomb he found inside Pryor's home, according to charging documents. That happened just before 3 a.m.
Bomb squad called: The witness turned over the pipe bomb to Officer Christopher Roosen, who set it down in a safe area and called in a state police bomb squad, police said.
The search of Pryor's home yielded black powder, other pipe bomb-making materials and handwritten instructions on how to make a pipe bomb, documents state.
Members of the bomb squad disposed of the items, police said.
Unfinished: Kahley said while Pryor possessed all the materials he needed to make functioning pipe bombs, there were no active devices found. The one turned over to police by the witness wasn't functioning.
"It had black powder in it," the chief said, but was missing elements including a fuse. "But the mere possession of that material in that form is still illegal."
Kahley said his department has arrested people in the past for making or possessing pipe bombs, and they had them solely for nonviolent entertainment purposes.
"These are people who enjoy going out in the woods and blowing things up," he said.
Still unsafe: But the pipe bombs and bomb-making materials are still unsafe, according to the chief.
"It's dangerous to the person who possesses them, and it's dangerous to the neighborhood," Kahley said.
The chief said he knows the charges Pryor is facing sound grave.
"The titles of the charges are ... from the (state) crimes code," he said. "It doesn't mean we have a terrorist here."
Pryor could not immediately be reached for comment.
-- Staff writer Liz Evans Scolforo can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.