Homemade explosive investigation
SURRY COUNTY -- State Police say charges are pending now in the Surry Co. explosion investigation.
Peter Bohlander's condition was upgraded Thursday from critical to fair, leading investigators to say that charges have not yet been filed.
Bohlander was injured Tuesday afternoon at the Mount Pleasant restoration site.
Va. State Police said the 28-year-old was in a shed on the 284-acre plantation, building a pipe bomb, when it went off.
A police spokeswoman did not know whether investigators had identified a reason Bohlander was allegedly trying to build a bomb on the Swann's Point Road property. Police said he was wearing a welding mask and injured his abdomen.
His girlfriend found him and called for help, they added.
Bohlander lived on site and was a maintenance worker for the owner, identified by Surry land records as Nicholas Schorsch of Jenkintown, Pennsylvania.
Schorsch, who bought the property ten years ago, is the CEO of American Realty Capital Trust, Inc., which is heading up the multi-million dollar restoration restoration project.
Schorsch did not immediately return phone calls nor did a handful of people listed on the project’s Web site.