AUSTIN, Texas — An Austin man is facing a federal charge for possessing an improvised explosive device, the Justice Department announced today.
Earlier today, 35-year-old Joshua Colin Honigberg was indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of unlawful possessing of a destructive device.
Earlier this year, on May 29, 2020, Federal Bureau Investigations and Austin Police Department officers executed a search warrant at Honigberg's apartment in the 11000 block of Research Boulevard in Austin, Texas, where they discovered an improvised explosive device.
The device, according to a federal complaint obtained by MyTexasDaily.com, was described as "a plastic hardcase, locked in the closed position by a padlock,which composed the containment vessel containing multiple explosive charges with fusing systems and multiple pieces of metal fragmentation."
The device was determined to be capable of causing property damage and personal injury and/or death to nearby persons upon detonation, according to federal investigators.
A records check of the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Records (NFRTR) and the Federal Licsening Systems returned no registration or explosive license for Hoginberg to legally possess the device, according to the complaint.
If convicted, Honigberg faces up to 10 years in federal prison.