Augusta man arrested after explosives found

Posted May 18, 2012, at 10:15 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — An Augusta man is facing charges after authorities detonated explosive material they allegedly found in his apartment.

Jeremy Upp was taken to the Kennebec County jail where he remained held on a charge of criminal use of explosives on $25,000 bail Thursday night.

Joseph Thomas, acting state fire marshal, said his office executed a search warrant on Upp’s apartment at 12:45 p.m. Thursday after the 36-year-old Upp’s probation officer expressed concern.

The Maine State Police Bomb Squad detonated unidentified material Thomas said was found in Upp’s unit.

Upp’s live-in girlfriend, Amanda Bechard, told the Kennebec Journal that the materials seized were purchased at a fireworks store.