- Associated Press - Thursday, August 6, 2015

WHEATFIELD, N.Y. (AP) - A western New York man who police say was making homemade bombs in his garage has been ordered into custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

The Niagara Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1DwekXP ) a federal judge ruled Wednesday that Michael O’Neill should be turned over to marshals because he poses a “danger to the community.”

The 45-year-old Wheatfield resident is charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device.

On July 21, Niagara sheriff’s deputies found O’Neill injured inside his garage after he “stomped” on burning gun powder while using a heat gun to manufacture an improvised explosive device.

Investigators found seven IEDs along with bomb-making materials in a search of the garage.

O’Neill’s attorney argues his client can’t be charged unless prosecutors establish the device he was working on had no legitimate use.


Information from: Niagara Gazette.

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