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Mitchell man sentenced for setting off explosives near Mitchell apartment

A Mitchell man will not spend any time in jail after setting off explosives near a Mitchell apartment earlier this year. On Jan. 19, Mitchell police responded to a report of a loud "explosion" outside of an apartment complex located on East First...

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A Mitchell Police Division vehicle. (Republic file photo)

A Mitchell man will not spend any time in jail after setting off explosives near a Mitchell apartment earlier this year.

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 January explosion. Evidence was found at the scene that matched materials in Castle's residence, according to court documents.

Castle pleaded guilty this week to the Class 4 felony of reckless burning or exploding, and was sentenced to 42 days in jail, with all 42 days suspended.

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He was ordered to four years of probation and to not consume alcohol or drugs for the duration of his probation, among other conditions. A fine of $854 was also added to Castle's sentence.

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