Police received a call from the Conchas State Park Superintendent on Monday saying that there had been an explosion, and that large plumes of black smoke could be seen coming from north of the camping area. The blast had totally leveled the porta potty, sending toilet debris as far as 30 yards away from the blast site.
Witnesses saw a black Infiniti sedan leaving the area, and police were able to follow this lead and arrest 42-year-old Todd Parey.
Parey accepted responsibility for the damage and admitted to purchasing the ingredients and building the explosive device. According to police, Parey said he “liked messing around with explosives and did not intend to hurt anyone.”
Parey has been charged with dangerous use of explosives, possession of explosives, and criminal damage to property.
Originally published April 3, 2013