Deputies: Man brought homemade explosives to Clermont County Sheriff's Office

More materials found at the suspect's home
Posted at 7:17 AM, Aug 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-24 17:01:18-04

BATAVIA, Ohio -- A Clermont County man is in jail after requesting a meeting with the sheriff to show off explosives that were inside his vehicle, according to the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office.

Glenn Kassen, 53, walked into the sheriff’s office just before noon Thursday and asked to show Sheriff Robert Leahy “the power of an explosive mixture which he created," deputies said. 

Kassen told a detective that his mixture of chemicals was inside his car, which was parked in the office’s public parking area, according to authorities.

Detective then called the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad to the scene, where technicians removed the mixture of chemicals from the suspect’s car, collected samples and detonated what was left over at the sheriff’s office firing range.

The area was evacuated for about four hours. No one was injured.

Detectives from Clermont County and Hamilton County bomb squad technicians found more materials at Kassen’s home on State Route 133 in Tate Township. Kassen lives with his parents and drives for Uber, his attorney said. 

Kassen has been charged with illegal assembly or possession of chemicals or substances for the manufacturing of an explosive device.