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Man charged after 4,000 pounds of explosives found

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - A 64-year-old northern Michigan man has been charged after they say he was found with more than 4,000 pounds of explosives.

The Mining Journal of Marquette reports ( John Francis Lechner of Sault Ste. Marie was ordered held Monday following a hearing in U.S. District Court in Marquette. He was arrested last week and is charged with possessing explosives while facing other charges.

An email seeking comment was sent early Tuesday to public defender Paul Peterson.

Timothy DeClare, a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, testified that with the help of an informant he found 4,150 pounds of ammonium nitrate/fuel oil. He says the explosive is used in commercial enterprises such as mining.

Authorities say they also found equipment that could have detonated it.

Information from: The Mining Journal,

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