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Mitchell man accused of setting off explosion near Mitchell apartment

One person was arrested and charged with a felony after allegedly setting off explosives near a Mitchell apartment. On Jan. 19, Mitchell police responded to a report of a loud "explosion" outside of an apartment complex located on East First Avenue.

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A Mitchell Police Division vehicle. (Republic file photo)

One person was arrested and charged with a felony after allegedly setting off explosives near a Mitchell apartment.

On Jan. 19, Mitchell police responded to a report of a loud "explosion" outside of an apartment complex located on East First Avenue. The explosion shook the building and rattled windows, but did not cause any damage, according to court documents.

Several neighbors identified Andrew Castle as the culprit and said he sets off similar explosions up to four times each week in the early morning hours.

Castle allegedly admitted to making homemade rockets and fireworks in the past, but denied involvement with the explosion. Evidence was found at the scene that matched materials in Castle's residence, according to court documents.

Castle was charged with reckless burning or exploding, a Class 4 felony, which carries a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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