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Police: Tamaqua man had homemade bomb in backpack

Tamaqua Police found a homemade explosive device inside a backpack earlier this month.

The device did not detonate.

David Hartranft, 27, who had an active felony arrest warrant, was seen by police walking in the borough on Biddle Street Nov. 10 He refused to stop when told to do so by police after entering the woods. Police retrieved the backpack he left while running away. Inside they found an explosive device with a metal ball bearing glued to the outer casing, three hypodermic needles, a glass pipe, wax lined packets and a plastic bag containing suspected Psilocybin mushrooms and a flare gun with initials.

He is charged with flight to avoid apprehension, make repair/sell offensive weapons; possessing a controlled substance and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Magisterial District Judge Stephen Bayer held a preliminary arraignment Nov. 18 and set bail at $10,000 unsecured. A preliminary hearing is set for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in his courtroom.