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UPDATE: Authorities say man intended to ignite explosives in Capitol

MADISON (WKOW) -- Authorities say a man who was arrested at the State Capitol after making Facebook threats had crude explosives, and intended to ignite them.

A probable cause affidavit filed against 20-year old Kvon Smith of Milwaukee states "...Smith came into the capitol building with Molotov cocktails in his backpack. Smith said he was going to ignite the cocktails inside the building."

Department of Administration officials say Smith of Milwaukee is tentatively charged with felony possession of Molotov cocktails, felony bomb scare and felony reckless endangering safety. Smith remains at the Dane County jail.

Authorities say Smith posted a Facebook video early Tuesday showing bottles and including narration of Smith's intention to bring Molotov cocktails to the capitol Tuesday. Authorities say Smith was arrested hours before Governor Walker's speech, but authorities have made no indication Smith had a specific target.

Molotov cocktails are improvised explosive devices, usually a bottle filled with gasoline or high-proof alcohol, with a fuel-soaked stopper. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne tells 27 News he's still waiting for specific information from investigators on the contents of the bottles recovered Tuesday. Dane County sheriff's bomb squad members in protective suits removed the bottles from a back pack outside the capitol, after a portion of the building was evacuated.

"A tragedy was avoided and our Capitol remains safe because of the actions of our officers," Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch said in a statement.

Authorities say photos of Smith were distributed at the capitol Tuesday after authorities became aware of the Facebook threat.

Former Madison common council candidate Colin Bowden tells 27 News he was handcuffed and detained by state capitol police officers Tuesday, in connection with the threat concern. Bowden says he intends to file a formal complaint over his detention.

Smith also faces a felony resisting arrest charge for what authorities say was Smith's injuring of a Dane County sheriff's deputy during a December arrest. Smith also faces a misdemeanor resisting charge in connection with his arrest after a domestic disagreement.


 MADISON (WKOW) -- Part of the Capitol building was evacuated on Tuesday and a man was arrested after a bomb threat was discovered on Facebook.

Capitol Police learned of a video posted to Kvon Smith's Facebook page where he shows a counter full of bottles of alcohol, claiming they were Molotov cocktails, or homemade bottle bombs.

"We'll see what they have to say when I bring it to the Capitol," says a man, presumably Kvon Smith, in the video. "If they want peace I want my money, period. My money and justice, I want justice."

Capitol Police alerted a number of other local agencies and had officers stationed at every entrance to the Capitol. Smith was arrested in the rotunda with a backpack that he told police was full of Molotov cocktails.

Police then took Smith's backpack outside and the Dane County Bomb Squad and the Madison Fire Department examined it. The Wisconsin Avenue side of the Capitol steps was taped off for several hours and some offices on that side of the building were also evacuated.

It caused quite a disruption to the day for those who work in the Capitol, including lawmakers who were in session.

"During caucus the leadership filled us in that they did catch the guy and in fact he did have Molotov cocktails, so that's kinda scary," says Republican Rep. Kathy Bernier, from Chippewa Falls. "Emails were coming in, flooding in, that this was going on Facebook."

Several legislators say Capitol Police handled the incident as best they could.

"It's really hard to prevent people from doing really bad things and I think we have protocols in place and those protocols were followed and that's part of running a public building," says Democratic state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, from Alma.

"The security worked, which is a good indicator that we're doing what we can," says Assembly speaker Rep. Robin Vos. "At the same time, I guess I want to ensure that the Capitol remains as open as it possibly can be."

Smith is in Dane County custody and faces charges in the incident. 27 News also learned he was charged with felony resisting arrest last month in Dane County.


MADISON (WKOW) -- The state Department of Administration says Capitol Police arrested a man who made a threat to do harm at the Capitol.

On Tuesday, police received information that Kvon Smith had posted on his Facebook page that he was going to come to the Capitol to do harm, but the threat was not made against anyone in particular.

Security was already high because of Tuesday night's State of the State address, but the Capitol Police Department brought in additional officers from the Wisconsin State Patrol, DNR, the DOJ's Department of Criminal Investigation and the UW-Madison Police Department.

Police say Smith entered the Capitol and was arrested in the rotunda. During his arrest, authorities say Smith stated he had a Molotov cocktail in his backpack.

The backpack was taken outside and the Dane County bomb squad was called in to investigate its contents.

Capitol police asked staff in offices facing Wisconsin Ave. to evacuate as a precaution as the contents of the backpack are identified.

The Department of Administration says Kvon Smith is in custody and charges are pending.

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