Woman involved in allegedly planting several Bucks County explosives will stand trial

Jim Melwert
November 30, 2018 - 2:25 pm
Tina May Smith, right, and her lawyer, Robert Goldman, arrive at a preliminary hearing in New Britain.

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NEW BRITAIN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The woman who prosecutors say was behind a series of explosions in Upper Bucks County earlier this year has been ordered to stand trial on dozens of charges. 

According to prosecutors, 31-year-old Tina May Smith was the driver as her boyfriend, David Surman Jr., lit homemade explosives and tossed them from the window of their car.

Prosecutors say they are the source of several explosions that residents have been on edge about from early April to late June.

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Among the charges Smith would face at trial include 12 counts of unlawful possession or manufacture of weapons of mass destruction.

But her lawyer, Bob Goldman, said this has been blown out of proportion.

"The reality here is if there are any crimes committed by anybody in this case it would be violations of the fireworks statutes as opposed to making this almost like the crime of Bucks County history," he said. "Anybody listening to testimony today would see these things as fireworks, rather than seeing them as weapons of mass destruction."

Prosecutor Antonetta Stancu countered that analysis from the FBI shows the explosives were made with powerful compounds and not merely fireworks.

"We have evidence by way of a laboratory analysis, done in this case by the FBI laboratory, that clearly showed that’s not what we’re talking about," he added.

Surman is also facing charges of possession of child pornography, which prosecutors say they found during the investigation into the explosives. He waived a preliminary hearing on those charges.

Smith has a formal arraignment on the charges scheduled for Jan. 4, 2019.