The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office has confirmed the identity of the Soldier responsible for creating an explosion in Kisatchie, having a "pipe bomb" in his apartment, and chemical weapons in his car.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office has confirmed the identity of the Soldier responsible for creating an explosion in Kisatchie, having a "pipe bomb" in his apartment, and chemical weapons in his car.

Ryan Keith Taylor, 23, was arrested and charged with two counts of bomb-making, and two counts of fake explosive devices. Bond was set at $1.5 million dollars by 30thJudicial District Court Judge C. Anthony Eaves.

The arrest is the result of an incident which initially began on Wednesday. Taylor had detonated an explosive device in an area within Kisatchie National Forest, deemed as a limited-use-access-area of the Fort Polk Army Installation.

The Fort Polk Public Affairs Office released a statement on Thursday afternoon, stating that Taylor was under the control of his military unit, at the time. He has since been escorted to the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office by U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command agents, where he remains in the jail.

An explanation, as to the reason for the transfer, has yet to be released.

Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft said the Fort Polk Fire Department responded around noon to the initial explosion and fire in Kisatchie. The incident prompted action from Fort Polk first responders, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

According to the Public Affairs Office statement, "The Soldier allegedly burned an unknown substance in a military training area in the Kisatchie National Forest and fled the scene. The second incident occurred during a search of the Soldier's vehicle on Fort Polk, when a commercially available substance, most commonly used as a disinfectant for swimming pools, was discovered. First responders, unaware of the properties of the substance, took precautionary measures and set up hazardous materials procedures around the vehicle in the parking lot of the Library and Education Center. Some responders underwent decontamination as a precaution and were later taken to Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital where they were medically evaluated and released."

The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office statement, released Friday night, stated that emergency personnel, who responded to the site, began to suffer from some type of chemical exposure, and were treated at the hospital on post.

Chlorine and, what appeared to be, bomb-making materials, were found in the vehicle, said Craft.

A third related incident occurred later in the afternoon, in New Llano, when it was learned that Taylor resided in the Mona Lisa Apartment Complex, about eight miles from Fort Polk. A search warrant was prepared for his residence, and an investigation ensued.

As a precautionary measure, residents of the Mona Lisa Apartments, and the immediate area surrounding the apartments, were evacuated. "Due to the situation that had happened in Kisatchie, and the fact that the components and ingredients were there, we went ahead evacuated the entire complex," said Craft. This was approximately 80-100 residents from the apartments and surrounding areas on Clarence Avenue.

Taylor's apartment was searched by the Louisiana State Police Hazardous Material Team from New Orleans.

They discovered suspicious devices and ordinances within the residence. Craft said they did not find any chemical components.

New Llano Police Chief, Danny Hunt, wrote in a Facebook post, "During the initial search of the apartment, no explosive/deadly materials were located, but during the evidence-collecting stage, a pipe bomb was located along with other materials."

Fort Polk's explosive ordnance disposal team, along with Louisiana State Police and FBI personnel, deactivated the improvised explosive device ("pipe bomb"). "They detonated it in the wooded area beside the complex," Hunt said. The other items were collected into evidence.

Around 9:30 p.m., the apartment area was deemed safe and the evacuation was lifted.

The P.A.O. statement, Thursday, said the Fort Polk Criminal Investigation Division will be leading the investigation.