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March 20, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Skyway man accused of making explosives in his garage

Bail was set at $35,000 Wednesday for a 29-year-old Skyway man who was allegedly making explosives in the garage of his rental home for target practice. A short time later, King County sheriff’s deputies were at the home, where they detonated unstable explosives, said spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West.

A judge found probable cause to hold the man in the King County Jail for investigation of manufacturing explosive devices, according to King County prosecutors.

Around 7 p.m. Tuesday, the man’s landlady met with two sheriff’s deputies and showed them photos of a homemade lab in the garage of her rental house in the 10800 block of Forest Avenue South, according to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against the man.

When the deputies knocked on the door to the house, the man readily admitted he made small explosives and told the deputies what chemicals he kept on the property, including ammonium nitrate, aluminum powder and smokeless gun powder, the statement says. The man voluntarily allowed the deputies to search the garage and pointed out chemicals he kept under a bed and in a freezer, it says.

He explained “he uses these chemicals to make explosive targets and small explosives,” according to the statement, which also says the man “was completely cooperative and was assisting us in our investigation.”

The man, who has not been formally charged, is to make his next court appearance on Friday.

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