BENTON, Tenn. -- The owner of an illegal fireworks factory that blew up killing 11 people mixing explosives possibly intended for criminals or terrorists surrendered to authorities late Saturday, officials said.
A spokeswoman for the Polk County Sheriff's Department said Sunday that Dan Lee Webb turned himself in about midnight Saturday.
She said he was not accompanied by a lawyer.
Webb was charged with illegally manufacturing and possessing explosives, a felony. His wife and brother were jailed under $50,000 bond each Saturday as 'material witnesses,' officials said. A sheriff's spokesman said the bond was designed to assure that Larry Webb and Linda Sue Webb would be available for court appearances.
Dan Lee Webb had no criminal record, officials said.
Authorities have identified six of the 11 bodies, but were having problems with the rest because the force of the explosion left them severely mangled.
The bodies were placed in a refrigerated trailer and police asked acquaintances of the dead to help with identifications to spare relatives the gory scene.
A nationwide alert was issued Saturday for Dan Lee Webb, owner of the unlicensed factory that operated on a worm farm tucked on a green hillside on the outskirts of Benton, a small town of 1,100 residents in the mountains of southeast Tennessee.
The explosion rocked the area Friday, hurling some bodies 100 yards. One decapitated woman was blasted through the roof of a nearby house. In all, six men and five women were killed.
The lone survivor, Tommy Webb, remained in critical condition with burns over 35 percent of his body at Erlanger Medical Center 40 miles away in Chattanooga. He was spared only because he was outside the factory, mowing grass.