"He looked nervous to me and I think he knows he's made a mistake; he's better than that," said Gary Brown, as his 19-year-old nephew Thomas Kemink faced a judge for allegedly setting up two explosive devices at Louis A. Vanech Recreation Center off Garrison Road in Dunedin Monday night.
"I don't know what it was but I still just think they were being kids, maybe just after the Fourth of July having a little too much fun."
It was a 'not so fun' ending after police got a tip about the suspicious activity, arrested the six teens, and locked them up for reportedly discharging a destructive device.
One device exploded after police arrived; the bomb squad detonated the second one. Fortunately, no one was hurt.
"This is no time and place to be dealing with things like that, just with the world and things going on out there, and they've got to know better than that."
Thomas Kemink, Tyler Wagner, Bruce Edstrom the Second and Christopher Campbell are all 19 years old. The other two are juveniles. The judge granted $5,000 bond for Kemink and Wagner.
"Stay away from wherever that was, you understand?" the judge asked.
"Yes sir," Thomas answered.
It was a rude wake up call for the teens who by all accounts have grown up in affluent neighborhoods, without signs any signs of trouble.
"They had no prior records, graduated high school, working full time, they made a mistake, we've all done that, we'll address it as a family," Brown added.