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3 arrested for setting off homemade bombs on Mass. man’s lawn

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. — Three people have pleaded not guilty to charges connected to the explosion of five homemade bombs on a Bridgewater man’s front lawn.

Twenty-two-year-old Ryan Whealan, 23-year-old Daniel Linehan and 23-year-old Erin O’Leary were arraigned Wednesday in Brockton District Court after turning themselves in Tuesday. A judge raised their bail from $500 to $10,000 each, which they posted.

Charges against them include criminal harassment, possession or control of an incendiary device and willful discharge of a destructive device. The Brockton Enterprise reports (http://bit.ly/RvP5MJ) Linehan’s attorney said he was shocked by the bail increase. Whealan’s attorney and O’Leary declined to comment.

The chemical-filled soda bottles charred the grass and sidewalk. A sixth bottle didn’t explode. No one was hurt.

The homeowner, Bob Lowder, said he suspected a neighbor with whom he’s had a dispute.



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