Two teenagers were arrested in Clover on Monday after police say the pair confessed to detonating a homemade cannon overnight.
Brandon Campbell, 18, and Justin Ghorley, 19, set off the cannon on the lawn of First United Methodist Church on Elizabeth Avenue around 3:30 a.m. on Monday, prompting several neighbors to call the police, said Lt. Tanner Davis with the Clover Police Department.
When officers arrived, they found debris and damage to the lawn “that appeared to have come from an explosion,” Davis said.
The investigation continued through the morning, and statements from neighbors led officers to a house where police say Campbell and Ghorley confessed to making and firing a cannon.
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The cannon was made from welding a steel pipe onto a steel plate. They filled it with gunpowder and drilled a hole for a fuse, Davis said.
“The last time they used it, the plate shattered and came apart,” he said.
The explosion caused minor damage to the church’s lawn. Shrapnel was thrown around, so it was fortunate that no one was hurt, Davis said.
“It was a really bad choice,” Davis said. “They just thought it was cool, but it was really dangerous.”
Both Campbell and Ghorley were charged with two counts each of manufacturing explosives.
As of Monday afternoon, they were both being held at the York County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.