Campers thought a possible terrorist was setting pipe bombs off at Roosevelt Lake Saturday, but all deputies found was a man with roman candles.
Deputies arrested John Michael Myers, 32, of Florence, for refusing to give his name and several counts of disorderly conduct.
Around midnight Saturday, Gila County Sheriff’s deputies got a call from U.S. Forest Service employees that a group near Indian Point Campground was broadcasting music over speakers, but did not have the necessary permit.
Two deputies responded and saw large pyrotechnics going off in the area.
As they approached the camp, several people were singing along with a karaoke machine as large speakers played music.
Officers approached Myers who said the fireworks had come from a camp across the street.
Deputies went to the camp with Myers following.
“It was later determined that this camp belonged to Myers,” said Lt. Tim Scott with the GCSO.
“Myers said he did not have identification and would not give his name to the officers on scene.”
Officers booked Myers into the Payson jail.
On Sunday, Myers pleaded not guilty to the charges. A judge set a pre-trial conference for June 14.
A man sleeping in a nearby boat said fireworks had initially woke him and then a large boom had nearly blown his hearing out. People told the man a pipe bomb had gone off, however, Scott said “no terrorist” stuff was found.