Man faces trial after explosives found in North Dakota townhouse
OCTOBER 15, 2022:
WILLISTON, ND (AP) — Trial is set for early next year for a North Dakota man accused of setting up an explosives-making operation in the garage of his townhouse. Williston Community Police in northwest North Dakota said they removed nearly 1,500 pounds of bomb-making materials from the townhouse on Friday evening (October 14, 2022). Ross Petrie, of Williston, is charged with a crime called ‘unleashing destructive forces’. The trial of Petrie, 28, is scheduled for February 13. A probable cause affidavit said Petrie’s explosives could have had “catastrophic consequences”. A criminal complaint did not reveal a motive for the stockpile of explosives, although police said more information would be released on Monday.
OCTOBER 14, 2022:
WILLISTON, ND (AP) — A North Dakota man accused of storing more than 1,000 pounds of homemade explosives in his garage now faces criminal charges. Court records show Ross Petrie, 28, of Williston, is charged with a crime called ‘unleashing destructive forces’. A probable cause affidavit says law enforcement officers began serving a series of search warrants at Petrie’s home on Oct. 10, 2022, after being tipped off that a narcotics lab may be in operation. According to the affidavit, authorities discovered it was actually an explosives-making operation in the garage of a townhouse complex. Officials say they evacuated more than 10 people from the building in which Petrie’s townhouse was located.
OCTOBER 13, 2022:
WILLISTON, ND (AP) — Authorities say more than 1,000 pounds of improvised explosive materials have been recovered from a residence in northwest North Dakota. Police say several chemicals and powders were also found in Williston’s apartment, located in North Dakota’s oil patch near the Montana border. No arrests have been made, although police say they have identified a person of interest. Deminers from Williston, Minot and Bismarck were disposing of explosive materials at the Williston landfill. The process was suspended on Wednesday afternoon (October 12, 2022) due to high winds and fire danger. Police said explosions could be heard in parts of the city as the devices went off.