Elkins man admits to making explosive devices in his home


An Elkins man admitted to charges involving two homemade explosive devices found in his home, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Robert Ard, 54, pleaded guilty to one count of making an unlawful firearm in federal court Friday, officials said.

On June 18, a search warrant was executed at Ard’s home because agents had reason to believe there were explosive devices and materials used to make an IED, officials said. They found two destructive devices and additional components used to construct said devices. 

Ard faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.

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