Federal indictment charges Northfield blast suspect

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BURLINGTON, VT. >> A federal indictment has been handed down against a 45-year-old man who police say lost his left hand when a homemade pipe bomb detonated outside his Northfield home.

The Burlington Free Press reports that Mark McCloud was indicted last week with knowingly possessing a "destructive device" not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

A federal complaint accused McCloud of possessing and transferring the explosives. His indictment included the first charge. McCloud will enter a plea Monday in Burlington federal court.

The charges stem from a Dec. 9 blast that injured McCloud, his pregnant wife and others.

In a statement posted on YouTube confirmed by a state prosecutor, McCloud says he received the devices from a family friend and was unaware of their power.

Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com


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