More surfaces in case against Las Vegas man arrested for terrorism

LAS VEGAS - More is surfacing about the arrest and indictment of Nicolai Mork who is accused of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction charges.

8 News NOW has obtained grand jury transcripts in the case.

Las Vegas Metro police detectives testified in great detail about the types of chemicals found in Nicolai Mork's home and the explosive effect those chemicals could have had in Las Vegas.

In grand jury testimony, detectives testified at length about several incidents leading up to Mork's arrest on terrorism and weapons of mass destruction charges.

From Oct. 24 to Dec. 25, neighbors around Mork's home in the southeast part of the valley found at least eight explosive devices, many of them molotov cocktails of which some ignited successfully.]

One of the unsuccessful explosive devices was near a power box in his neighborhood. The device contained thermite -- red iron oxide mixed with aluminum powder -- which can burn at 4000 degrees.

Officer Matthew Downing with Metro testified that thermite will burn all the way through a car to the ground burning everything in between.

"...my understanding of the power box is that it would have resulted in a loss of power to a number of the homes in the neighborhood."

Detectives were able to link Mork's credit card purchases at the 99 Cents Store and IKEA with some of the glass jars used to create the devices. 

a juror asked downing if the amount of explosive material found in Mork's home was comparable to the amount of explosive used in the Oklahoma City bombing. 

"The amount of substances in Oklahoma City was significantly larger than what he had, however the amount he had, had he mixed in everything he had together and had one aggregate total of all of that ammonium nitrate aluminum, would probably have been enough to level his house and at least the surrounding houses," Downing testified.    

Detectives also acknowledged that these were not simple molotov cocktails or explosives. There were many different chemicals found in Mork's home including aluminum powder, nitric and sulfuric acid, potassium chlorate and even magnesium ribbon used to light the explosive devices.

If convicted on the terrorism charges, Mork faces the possibility of life in prison.

 


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