Man accused in plot to blow up Edmond utilities charged with arson
Charles J. Columbus, 24, is wanted by police after chemicals used to make explosives were found in his home. A roommate told police he saw the defendant mix the chemicals and pour them on a lock to city water well hatch.
Laduke, when questioned by police, said Columbus ordered the chemicals online and talked about using them to “blow up phone poles and power boxes” around Hafer Park, the affidavit states.
The roommate said Columbus had made anti-government statements and wanted to use the explosives to cause damage to utilities, police reported.
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