BPD Investigators Charge Suspect in Connection to Explosion at 88 Webster Street in East Boston: At about 12:40am, on Sunday, July 8, 2018, officers from District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a call for a building fire/explosion at 88 Webster Street in East Boston. On arrival, officers observed a residential building with major internal and structural damage caused by what was later determined to be an explosion. The tenant living on the second floor of the building, later identified Tomas Mikula, was transported to an area hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Prior to his being transported from the scene, Mr. Mikula stated that the explosion had originated in his apartment. While conducting a protective sweep of the Mr. Mikula’s residence for safety purposes, members of the Boston Police Bomb Squad observed, in plain view, evidence of materials commonly associated with the creation of an explosive device. In light of the aforementioned observations, a search warrant was executed to better understand the cause of the explosion. As a result of the search warrant, Boston Police Detectives, with assistance from agents assigned to the FBI and ATF, were able to locate and confiscate materials commonly used to construct a home-made explosive device including PVC tubing and chemical compounds. Additionally, officers located and confiscated two handguns, a rifle, and over a hundred round of live ammunition.
The suspect, Tomas Mikula, 28, of Boston is charged with the following:
- Unlawful Possession of Explosives.
- Unlawful Possession of an Incendiary Device
- Willful Ignition/Discharge of a Destructive or Incendiary Device
- Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (Handgun)
- Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (Rifle)
- Unlawful Possession of Ammunition
- Unlawful Possession of High Capacity Firearm