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Bombs, guns at ex-doc's flat

2009-11-26 11:01

Ohio - About 35 pipe bombs, an assortment of firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition were found in a former doctor's apartment following two loud explosions, police said on Wednesday.

Authorities, who found the arsenal on Monday night, said they don't know why he had the weapons or whether he planned to use them.

Mark Campano, 56, was charged on Wednesday with one count of unlawful possession of a pipe bomb, according to assistant US Attorney Bill Edwards. Campano appeared before US Magistrate Judge Benita Pearson, waived a preliminary hearing and was held on the charge by federal marshals.

The charge carries a possible penalty of 10 years in prison, Edwards said.

Donald Hicks, the attorney appointed to represent Campano, said after the court hearing that it was too early to comment on the case.

Earlier in the day, FBI agents dressed in head-to-toe white protective hazardous materials coveralls and plastic gloves carried bags of materials out of Campano's apartment.

It wasn't clear what they took from the ground-floor apartment, which sits next to a park in a residential area in this city about 30km southeast of Cleveland.

Campano told an officer that he was attempting to load shotgun shells when one blew up in his hands, according to a police report. He was taken to an Akron hospital with severe injuries to his left hand and arm and taken into custody after he was released from the hospital on Wednesday.

Handguns were strewn about the apartment, police said, and one gun had a silencer and a pistol was found in Campano's car, the police report said. A large amount of elements used to make various types of weaponry were also taken from the apartment, according to the report.

Police also found chemicals used to make drugs in the apartment, Sgt Gary Merton Jnr said.

Citing a history of drug dependency, the Medical Board of Ohio removed Campano's licence in 2006. The board said in its decision that his continued practice of medicine would be a danger of immediate and serious harm to the public.