Union man charged with criminal use of explosives

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 27, 2013, at 3 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 31-year-old Union man was released on bail Wednesday morning after police said he threw a homemade explosive device outside his former girlfriend’s residence.

Bruce O’Clair was arrested Tuesday evening and charged with criminal use of explosives and domestic violence reckless conduct.

According to Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison, the woman reported that O’Clair drove by her residence in Cushing and tossed what looked like a soda bottle at her new boyfriend’s car. An explosion was heard, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The report stated that O’Clair had constructed a device, which detonated when it struck the ground. The remnants of two plastic bottles were recovered.

There was no damage to the vehicle, Dennison said.

The sheriff said this type of device can be made with household chemicals.

Sgt. James Moore was the investigating officer.

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