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Man charged in connection with Washington Township explosions pleads not guilty

WASHINGTON TWP., Pa. - A man charged in connection with explosions in Washington Township has pleaded not guilty.

Jason Muzzicato, 43, of Bangor,  pleaded not guilty to possession of firearms by a person subject to a domestic violence protection order and possession of an unregistered firearm.

Muzzicato possessed seven improvised explosive devices and nine firearms, including multiple AR-15 rifles and semi-automatic pistols, an indictment said.

If convicted, Muzzicato  faces a maximum possible sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, three years’ supervised release, a $260,000 fine, and a $200 special assessment.

He had been arrested at his residence on June 7, township police chief Scott Miller said. The FBI, the township police department, state police and the Bethlehem Bomb Squad had executed a search warrant earlier.

Federal, state and local authorities searched the man's home as well as his business, Bangor Motor Works. Officials found weapons and explosive devices at his house, according to court paperwork.

Authorities have been investigating reports of explosions and undetonated explosive devices in Washington Township. At least 12 explosions were reported since March and, as of Thursday, three similar devices were found, Miller said Friday.

Officials uncovered numerous weapons at his home, including pistols and rifles. Agents also recovered explosive devices.

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