David C. Weiss, United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced today that a federal grand jury charged Mark Consiglio, 48, of Elsmere, Delaware with three counts of illegally possessing a destructive device, commonly known as a pipe bomb. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years of imprisonment, three years of supervised release, a $10,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment on each count, if convicted.
The allegations against Consiglio include that he detonated a pipe bomb at his estranged wife’s residence in Elsmere in the early morning hours of March 12, 2018, according to the indictment. Subsequent searches of Consiglio’s residence yielded additional suspected pipe bombs as well as a .38 caliber revolver, said officials. In February, Consiglio was also charged with terroristic threatening by the State of Delaware for allegedly threatening to kill his wife.
Consiglio made his initial appearance on the indictment before a federal magistrate judge on May 24, 2018. The government filed a motion to detain Consiglio pending trial. He did not contest detention and was moved out of state that same day, according to court records.
“The use of destructive devices poses a grave threat to the safety of this community. We will treat these threats accordingly and prosecute those who employ such weapons to the fullest extent of the law.”, said U.S. Attorney Weiss in prepared statement.
This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives in coordination with the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Elsmere Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander P. Ibrahim.
Elsmere – The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office has arrested an Elsmere man in connection with yesterday’s explosion incident. Mark J. Consiglio, 48, was taken into custody yesterday and charged by State fire investigators with 3 counts of Manufacturing, Possession, and Use of an Explosive Device, all felonies, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio. He is currently awaiting arraignment through the Justice of the Peace Magistrate Court.
Chionchio said additional charges are expected from the State Fire Marshal’s office and the Elsmere Police Department pertaining to this incident. Three explosive devices were removed from Consiglio’s house in the 700 block of Baltimore Ave and rendered safe by the New Castle County Police Department – Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation were on the scene and assisted in the investigation.