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2 men arrested after explosions near auto shop


Howard County police have arrested two men on charges that they blew up homemade bombs Sept. 11 near an Owen Brown auto shop.

William R. Ott, 31, of the 9300 block of Millbrook Way in Ellicott City and James E. Bessling, 27, of the 300 block of Scott Manor Drive in Glen Burnie were charged with manufacturing explosive devices and reckless endangerment.

Police say Ott and Bessling detonated chemical bombs behind the Midas Muffler and Brake Shop where they work in the 6400 block of Dobbin Center Way around 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Police were called after people heard the explosions. No damage was reported. Ott and Bessling later confessed, police said.

They were released Wednesday, awaiting a trial date.

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