Court documents reveal the comment made as agents were taking the 23-year-old in for questioning after a search of her home in Cornelia on Wednesday turned up pipe bombs, multiple guns and suspected drugs in a room of the house that Savage referred to as her “lab,” according to a sworn statement by a federal agent.
Savage told federal agents that she had made between five and seven pipe bombs of various sizes and a “cherry bomb,” which she described as a tennis ball containing gun powder, according to the statement from a Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent. She told the agents she knew it was wrong or against the law to make the devices, but said it was her hobby and she is passionate about it.
Federal agents found two pipe bombs and a number of guns, as well as illegal drug paraphernalia and suspected marijuana, suspected methamphetamine and numerous pills in Savage’s home. She told agents she had used marijuana the day before and had used methamphetamine two months ago.
Savage is charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device and possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of a controlled substance, according to the warrant obtained against her. A judge on Friday ordered her to remain in custody until her trial. Her court-appointed lawyer Jake Waldrop said in an email he had no comment on the case.
Her father, Tommy Savage, told The Associated Press Friday he had been instructed not to speak to the media. He earlier told WSB-TV that he didn’t believe his daughter should be in jail.
“She likes to hunt and fish. She loves shooting. She goes sky diving. All kinds of stuff like that that you wouldn’t really typically think of a young lady doing,” he said, adding that he thinks the government should stay out of her business. “I think everybody ought to be able to stay on their property, do whatever the heck they want to.”