Boston Immigrant Who Blew Up Apartment Filled With Bomb-Making Materials Is Not a Terrorist, Says Boston PD

Tomas Mikula is a citizen of the Czech Republic. Last week his East Boston apartment exploded. When police responded to the scene they found a badly burned Mikula, chemicals used to make explosives and PVC pipe, which is commonly used to make bomb casings. Officers then obtained a search warrant, searched Mikula’s apartment, and discovered a rifle, two pistols and 100 rounds of ammunition.

Mikula was subsequently charged with the following criminal offenses:

  • Unlawful possession of explosives.
  • Unlawful possession of an incendiary device.
  • Willful ignition/discharge of a destructive or incendiary device.
  • Unlawful possession of a firearm (handgun).
  • Unlawful possession of a firearm (rifle).
  • Unlawful possession of ammunition.
  • Unlawful possession of a high capacity firearm.

He also has an existing criminal record that includes credit card theft, identity theft and firearms charges.

But local officials have already declared that Mikula isn’t a terrorist. According to Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, Mikula was, “just someone who has some weapons in there and is playing around with chemicals and, you know, some powder, and it looks like that blew up on him.” Just a foreign national tinkering with explosives. Move along folks, nothing to see here.

That’s curious, because in the Bay State, law abiding citizens must apply for a firearms license if they wish to purchase, possess, carry or transport firearms, gun powder, or ammunition. And Massachusetts police officers tend to treat U.S. citizens suspected of even minor firearms offenses the way the KGB handled enemies of the revolution. But a Czech national in a house full of bombs and guns isn’t a terrorist?

It’s also perplexing because the Boston Police informed the FBI and ATF, who responded to Mikula’s apartment. Typically, federal officials are called to dwellings filled with bomb-making equipment when local cops are concerned about terrorism.

So, did the higher-ups in Boston government tell the police to back off of the terrorism angle because Mikula is an immigrant and they’re not going to cooperate with any ICE investigations? That would not be surprising because the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a sanctuary state in all but name.

At present, Mikula’s immigration status is unclear. We don’t know whether he’s an illegal alien, a lawful permanent resident or a naturalized citizen. He does, however, appear to be enough of a flight risk that he was held on $200,000 bail and required to surrender his passport.

Only time will tell whether the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is more concerned about protecting U.S. citizens from terrorism, or protecting the alleged “rights” of foreign criminals to evade deportation.

About Author


Matthew J. O’Brien joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 2016. Matt is responsible for managing FAIR’s research activities. He also writes content for FAIR’s website and publications. Over the past twenty years he has held a wide variety of positions focusing on immigration issues, both in government and in the private sector. Immediately prior to joining FAIR Matt served as the Chief of the National Security Division (NSD) within the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where he was responsible for formulating and implementing procedures to protect the legal immigration system from terrorists, foreign intelligence operatives, and other national security threats. He has also held positions as the Chief of the FDNS Policy and Program Development Unit, as the Chief of the FDNS EB-5 Division, as Assistant Chief Counsel with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, as a Senior Advisor to the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, and as a District Adjudications Officer with the legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service. In addition, Matt has extensive experience as a private bar attorney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law.


  1. avatar

    Marty Muhammed” Walsh, the mayor of Boston, is a total idiot. Boston PD officers have to toe his PC line or GTFO!

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    We are permitting illegal aliens and immigrants to turn our country into a clone of the lawless and violent third world countries they left behind before invading ours.

    Our government should be prosecuting every elected/appointed official who turns a blind eye to the illegal aliens within their jurisdiction. All are guilty of violating existing federal law by aiding/abetting/harboring illegal aliens; yet, a precedence is being set by government/law enforcement in their refusal t o enforce/uphold existing immigration laws.

    Now we have not only millions of illegal aliens walking this country with impunity, we have also devolved to the point whereby government and law enforcement protect and defend dangerous criminal immigrants vs the citizens of the U.S. they are sworn to protect and defend.

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      You’re absolutely right. Look at the mayor of Oakland several months ago, who got wind of an ICE sweep in that city and broadcast it openly which allowed a lot of the targets to escape. The big majority of the people targeted were felons. What else can you say but that these sanctuary cities care more for illegal alien criminals than they do Americans.

      Then there was San Francisco who refused to notify ICE that they were releasing the 5 times-deported convicted drug dealer who subsequently killed Kate Steinle. Those officials helped pull the trigger. They all claim to support law enforcement but it is much more dangerous for the agents, and the public, if they have to go hunting for these criminals on the street, instead of taking them into custody at a jail or courtroom.

      Mexico is flooding this country with undereducated welfare recipients, China steals our most sensitive technology right and left while we educate their students by the thousands, but let’s go nuts because some Russians may have stolen DNC e-mails. E mails that were not in any way sensitive but showed the party had the fix in for Hillary. Another of those emails showed CNN passed debate questions to Hillary twice, something the media has never ever questioned her about. If it was Trump it would have been how come you cheated, because she had to be in on being provided the questions. And she gets a free pass for doing it. Meanwhile the media carried on morning and night for a week about a completely false story of the 2 year old who had supposedly been separated from her mother, and then when it was proved false, the vast majority moved on without a correction.

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    Not a terrorist huh? You mean he is not “obviously” a Muslim though some are in that country. Either way he needs to be put away for a very long time.