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2 men arrested in connection to string of explosions that 'physically shook' homes in Geauga County

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Posted at 2:25 PM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 14:25:58-05

GEAUGA COUNTY, Ohio — Two men were arrested Wednesday in connection to explosions that have been occurring over the last several months in both Hambden Township and Claridon Township, according to the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office.

Michael Zimmer, 24, and Gary Mieskoski, 68, were arrested in connection to the string of explosions that residents reported had “physically shaken” their homes.

Since Oct. 2, 2020, the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office has documented 25 incidents of reported explosions with 56 residents reporting the incidents.

Detectives conducted search warrants at two locations related to Zimmer and Mieskoski.

At the residence associated with Zimmer, detectives recovered multiple finished explosive devices including one device that weighed nearly 600 grams.

During the search of the residence associated with Mieskoski, detectives recovered 1,792 explosives, two firearms, approximately 106 pounds of chemicals used to make explosive powder and a large amount of partially assembled explosives and supplies used to assemble them.

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Zimmer was charged with having weapons while under disability, unlawful possession of a dangerous ordinance and possession of methamphetamine.

Mieskoski was charged with illegal manufacturing or processing explosives.