Calhoun County Man Arrested for Having 143 Destructive Devices

MOUNT ZION, WV (WOWK) - A Calhoun County man was arrested for having more than 140 destructive/explosive devices in his closet.

Ricky Boatright, 51, of Mount Zion, West Virginia has been charged with 143 counts of illegal possession of destructive devices.

According to a criminal complaint, at around Noon on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 a search warrant was executed at Boatright's house by the Calhoun County Sheriff's Department.

They found:

  • 52 Electric Blasting Caps (Peach Leg Wire, Copper Caps)
  • Around 90 Non-Electric (Dupont Brand) Aluminum Caps
  • A 6" Home Made "M80" Hobbie Fuse
  • Around 50' Time Fuse used for Non-Electric Caps

All of these items were found in a wooden box in the Closet of Boatright's bedroom.

The West Virginia State Fire Marshall Office says that Boatright did not possess a permit to have the devices.

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