Martinez man pleads not guilty to explosives charge in January

A Martinez man injured in a small blast at his home in January pleaded not guilty today to making an explosive device.

Chad Wells, 38, of the 300 block of Salley Drive, pleaded not guilty to possessing and manufacturing a destructive device at an arraignment hearing in Columbia County. A grand jury indicted him on the charge in May.

Police responded to Mr. Wells’ home Jan. 17, a few days after he lost some fingers in a small explosion. Triacetone triperoxide, a rare substance that has been used in several terrorist operations and other explosive materials were found.

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