Man accused of detonating homemade bomb in Putnam faces multiple charges

The Yonkers man accused of detonating a homemade bomb in Kent appeared in court Friday to face multiple weapons charges.
Michael O'Connor, 45, was arrested by a police officer who spotted O?Connor?s father next to a disabled car in Kent on January 31. As the officer was talking to the man, the device exploded about 150 feet away in the woods. A subsequent search of O?Connor?s apartment turned up two pounds of smokeless gun powder.
O'Connor was charged with first-degree criminal possession of a weapon under the assumption he had a specific target in mind. In addition, he was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon for having the device with him.
O?Connor?s attorney says there is no evidence that his client intended to hurt anyone or damage property. However, O?Connor has been ordered back to Putnam County Jail without bail.
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