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Explosive Materials, 17 Weapons Seized From Holyoke Home



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    A Holyoke, Massachusetts man was arrested and charged after police responded to his home for report of explosives.

    Edward Laboursoliere, 49, of Holyoke, was arrested Sunday and charged with 7 counts of possession or carrying a firearm without a license, 9 counts of weapon improperly stored or kept by the owner, discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, possession of a machine gun, 7 counts of possession of a large capacity feeding device, and possession of a substance intended to make a destructive device.

    Holyoke police and the fire department responded to 1080 Main Street around 3 p.m. Sunday.

    In a search of the residence, officers located several chemical components, to include 25-50 pounds of Ammonium Nitrate, and various materials consistent with manufacturing explosives.

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    The Massachusetts State Police Arson Unit and State Police Bomb Disposal Unit were called in to assist.

    As investigators continued to search the home, they found 17 weapons, including a fully automatic rifle, and a large amount of ammunition. Authorities removed those from the house.

    Laboursoliere was arraigned on charges in Holyoke District Court on Monday. He is being held without right to bail until a hearing early next week.

    The incident remains under investigation.

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