Man arrested following dumpster explosion in West Virginia

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (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.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.

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