November 23, 2014

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LaGrange man indicted for making explosive

ELYRIA — A LaGrange Township man, injured when an explosive target blew up in his face March 2, has been indicted on a single count of unlawful possession of dangerous ordnance.

Robert Shaw, 50, initially had faced charges of aggravated arson and the illegal manufacture of explosives in connection with the case, but Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said the grand jury that considered the case didn’t indict Shaw on the additional charges.

Will said the charge centers on the explosive device Shaw allegedly was building.

Shaw  allegedly was building explosive targets for firearms target practice when one exploded at Diamond Products, where he worked. He suffered severe facial burns in the explosion and the plant was evacuated for about three hours while the Lorain County Bomb Squad examined Shaw’s office.

Local, state and federal authorities also searched Shaw’s Whitney Road home, seizing powders and liquids. A firearm also was taken from Shaw’s truck, but he had a concealed carry permit.

Mike Duff, Shaw’s defense attorney, said his client did nothing illegal and shouldn’t have been charged.

“I’ve been saying all along, he’s a tinkerer,” Duff said. “That’s all he was doing, tinkering.”

Shaw is free on bond, according to court records.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.