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Father and son duo charged for allegedly manufacturing, selling explosive devices out of Parma homes

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Posted at 1:34 PM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 16:07:30-04

PARMA, Ohio — A father and son duo were arrested and charged on Friday for allegedly manufacturing and selling large quantities of homemade explosives out of their Parma homes, according to police.

Charles W. Johnson, 57, of Keltonshire Road, and Charles P. Johnson, 36, of Bradley Avenue, were each charged with one count of unlawful possession of dangerous ordnance, a felony of the fifth degree. Both appeared in Parma Municipal Court Monday morning.

On June 28 at 10:30 a.m., police simultaneously executed search warrants at each of their homes, located on Bradley Avenue and Keltonshire Road in Parma.

Police found nearly 200 homemade explosive devices, some of which are referred to as "H-100s," along with other larger devices from the home on Keltonshire Road.

The seized devices range between 3.5 to 6 inches, with an increased explosion expectancy as the size increases, police say.

Other materials taken from the homes included explosive materials, chemicals, cardboard cylinders, tools, glues and fuses.

Police believe the home on Keltonshire Road was the primary location where the devices were made.

The case remains under investigation and more charges may be filed at a later date.