Man faces charges in blast
CHARLESTON (AP) — A West Virginia man is accused of setting off an explosion that shook a nearby police cruiser.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the 45-year-old was arrested after police saw him toss something into a dumpster before a loud blast erupted and he retreated into his apartment Thursday morning. Michael Scott Jones refused to come outside before a SWAT team arrived and police entered the home with a search warrant.
According to a criminal complaint, Jones told authorities that he threw a firecracker into the dumpster. However, authorities are unsure what caused the blast because the explosion caused an “extreme noise.”
Jones was charged with felony use of a destructive device, explosive material or an incendiary device. He remained jailed on $10,000 bail Thursday morning.
It’s unclear if Jones has a lawyer.