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Suspect in Deerfield explosive device appears in court

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Nelson LaCaprucia, seen in court on March 29, 2018 (Western Mass News photo) Nelson LaCaprucia, seen in court on March 29, 2018 (Western Mass News photo)

The suspect allegedly connected to an explosive device found in a Deerfield business on Wednesday appeared in court today. 

The man, an employee at that business, answered to several charges.

Nelson LaCaprucia, 46, of Easthampton appeared in Greenfield District Court this morning.

Western Mass News has obtained these documents and they detail exactly the type of device that LaCaprucia had at his place of work in Deerfield

Thursday morning, LaCaprucia pleaded not guilty to manufacturing an explosive, incendiary, or destructive device.  

In court documents, police describe the explosive device they allege he made. 
"The State Police bomb squad explained, after x-raying the device, that it was in fact an explosive made with low grade explosive powder, and if a fire was set to the fuse, it would create an explosion," those documents described.

Authorities were able to render the device safe and there were no injuries and no threat to the public. 

According to the documents, LaCaprucia made the device at work, off the clock.  He is an employee of TREW Stone LLC in Deerfield.

"Mr. LaCaprucia did admit and confirm that he made the explosive device found in the office area of his work station by combining gun powder owned and bought by him, with other things from a supply trailer at 901 River Road," the court documents outlined.

LaCaprucia reportedly police that he made it over a month ago and others have seen the device.  He told police, according to the court documents, that "he intended to light it by the fuse, so it could blow in the pond.  He wanted to see what it could do."

LaCaprucia is currently being held and is due back in court for a dangerousness hearing on Monday.

The investigation remains active and ongoing.

Western Mass News continues to follow this story and will have more information as it becomes available.

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