Jan 3, 2012 5:40 PM by Andy Koen

Suspect learned to make explosives online

The Colorado Springs man who was arrested on Thursday for setting off improvised explosive devices told police officers that he was making M-80s, a large class of firecrackers that are banned in the U.S.

Edward James Kiley, 57, is being held at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center on $250,000 bond for Class 4 Felony charge of possession and use of explosives.

On Friday, neighbors in the houses immediately surrounding Kiley's property on E. Vermijo Ave. and S. Prospect St. were evacuated for several hours as members of the Colorado Springs Bomb Squad, agents with Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives and other law enforcement officers searched Kiley's home and removed the homemade fireworks.

According to his arrest affidavit, Kiley told the officers he purchased the chemicals and learned how to make the explosives on the internet. The mixture is considered highly explosive and sensitive to static and friction.

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