Authorities arrest 20-year-old Tipton man for allegedly making ‘Molotov Cocktail’

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Alexander Kelley, 20.

TIPTON, Ind. – Police in Tipton have arrested a 20-year-old man for allegedly making a “Molotov Cocktail.”

Alexander Kelley, 20, of Tipton, was arrested after police responded to a disturbance in the 900 block of N. East St. on Saturday evening.

Upon arrival to the scene, authorities met with a witness and learned of an attempted arson attempt. The witness reportedly described seeing a “fireball” rise into the sky near the house.

“If it would’ve hit my porch, it was big enough it would’ve caught my house on fire,” explains Raymond Everling, the homeowner.

Everling tells CBS 4, his five children were home at the time of the incident, the youngest, an infant.

The father believes Kelley was staying in one of his rental properties that had some damage. “I told the renters if they had anyone there they needed to make him leave and I assume this is why the kid was mad,” explains Everling.

Outside of a house, officers collected pieces of a destruction device known as a “Molotov Cocktail.”  In the house, officers reportedly collected further evidence in reference to making destructive devices.

Kelley was arrested on charges of arson, manufacturing a destructive device and detonating a destructive device. He was booked into Tipton County Jail where he remains without a bond.

Anyone with further information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call Tipton Police at 765-675-2152.

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