FAIRFIELD — A 25-year-old man was arrested over the weekend for allegedly making a homemade explosive device that was planning to detonate it locally.

According to a press release, Fairfield Police Chief Thomas Gould said that Wayne Hargrove, of High Street, was charged with criminal use of explosives, which is a class C crime, which is a felony, punishable by five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000. Gould said Hargrove was released on $2,500 unsecured bail and is scheduled to appear in Somerset County Unified Court on Aug. 16 at 1 p.m.

Gould said the state fire marshal’s office as well as the Maine State Police Bomb Squad were contacted. Fairfield police later obtained a search warrant for the residence on High Street. There, authorities discovered the device. It was secured by the bomb squad, taken to a secure location and detonated.

Fairfield officers involved were Det. Cpt. Paul St. Amand, Sgt. Matthew Bard, William Beaulieu and Blake Wilder.

Colin Ellis — 861-9253

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Twitter: @colinoellis

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