- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

RALSTON, Neb. (AP) - A Ralston man known for his fireworks has pleaded guilty in federal court to manufacturing explosive materials without a license.

Jeffrey Belmont pleaded guilty Monday as part of a plea agreement. According to court documents, authorities say they raided Belmont’s home last June and seized a stash of improvised devices and more than 2,000 pounds of chemicals used to make flash powder, a powerful, illegal explosive.

The Omaha World-Herald (https://bit.ly/1QMMwo2 ) reports the 50-year-old said making fireworks is his hobby.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has said Belmont had enough material at his home to make 2,000 improvised explosive devices. According to the agreement, the assembled IEDs contained more than 130 milligrams of flash powder, which is about the size of an M-80 firecracker.

Belmont’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 25.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com

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