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Chicago man accused of selling homemade explosives

Published: Monday, June 9, 2014 4:24 p.m. CST

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago bus mechanic is facing federal charges for allegedly selling homemade explosives to an undercover federal agent.

A spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says 34-year-old John Hegarty was arrested Wednesday on a charge of distributing an explosive device in furtherance of a federal crime of violence. He was released on a $10,000 recognizance bond.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that (bit.ly/1oO7YXJ ) the Chicago Transit Authority employee allegedly sold about 700 "flash powder" devices to an ATF agent between August 2012 and May 2014 — even after the agent said he planned to blow up a car and a restaurant.

ATF spokesman Tom Ahern says Hegarty admitted to manufacturing the explosives in the garage of a home he shares with his parents.

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