Man arrested in Tahlequah for possession of explosives after blasting caps blow up in his hands

TAHLEQUAH - A man in Tahlequah was arrested last week after several blasting caps exploded in his hands.

Jeremy Ramirez was reportedly attempting to attach three blasting caps to a a cellphone, when the explosives blew up.

After seeking medical attention, police were alerted. Tahlequah police and federal authorities obtained a search warrant for several homes and found 12 more blasting caps in a family's residence.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has taken over the investigation of the case.

"We believe that he was trying to experiment with the explosives, but didn't have any intention to harm anyone with them," said Andrew Young, public information officer for ATF.

Ramirez, a convicted felon on two previous cases, was arrested on felony charges of possession of explosives. Young said Ramirez would face 10 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines if convicted.

His initial court hearing is set for Wednesday.

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