Police: Man found with explosives to face additional charges

Police: Man found with explosives to face additional charges

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) – A man in western New York who police say had nine explosive devices in his home is facing additional charges.

Jose M. Gandia, 47, of Niagara Falls, has been charged with unlawful possession of a destructive device and unlawful possession of a shortened shotgun, according to U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Gandia is already facing other charges, including assaulting a police officer and menacing.

State police troopers responded to reports of a man pointing a shotgun with a red laser out of a pickup truck on the New York State Thruway Wednesday morning, police said. A trooper located the vehicle and attempted to handcuff Gandia. Gandia got out of his car and tried to fight the trooper, authorities said.

Gandia was arrested, and police reportedly found several weapons and a pipe bomb in his car. Authorities also recovered nine “possible” destructive devices from inside Gandia’s home, law enforcement officials said.

Five of the devices were attached to two separate propane tanks. Two of the devices were near the residence’s front entrance and two were near the rear – all four of which were rigged to detonate.

Court records listing a lawyer for Gandia weren’t available.

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