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Man faces trial after explosives found in N Dakota townhouse


WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Trial has been scheduled for early next year for a North Dakota man accused of setting up an explosives manufacturing operation in his townhouse garage. Police in the community of Williston in northwest North Dakota say they removed nearly 1,500 pounds of bomb-making materials from the townhouse by late Friday. Ross Petrie, of Williston, is charged with a felony called ‘release of destructive forces. Trial for the 28-year-old Petrie is set for Feb. 13. An affidavit of probable cause said Petrie’s explosives could have had “catastrophic consequences.” A criminal complaint did not disclose a motive for the explosives stockpile though police said more information would be released Monday.

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