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Man faces federal charges in Blacksburg explosion

Wednesday - 8/29/2012, 8:51am  ET

ROANOKE, Va. - A Roanoke man is facing federal charges stemming from a pipe bomb explosion in Blacksburg.

Media outlets report that 23-year-old Derick Gregory Wilson is charged in federal court with illegally possessing an explosive device.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Jacobsen says state charges against Wilson will be dropped.

Wilson is accused of putting a pipe bomb underneath an SUV and setting it off on Aug. 1. No one was injured.

Police arrested Wilson after finding bomb-making materials in a relative's home in Roanoke.

Authorities believe Wilson was feuding with his girlfriend's male houseguest, who owns the SUV.

A federal magistrate judge ordered Wilson on Monday to undergo a psychiatric examination.


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