Man cited after explosion injures two in Fayston

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FAYSTON — A 47-year-old man faces multiple charges after an explosion injured him and another man in a field off Phen Basin Road, Vermont State Police said Wednesday.

Joseph Heim of Fayston was cited for possession of a destructive device, possession and use of explosives, unlawful trespass and reckless endangerment following the June 18 incident.

According to police, Heim and Abdulbary Sirajuddin, 22, also of Fayston, were setting off homemade explosive devices similar to M-80 fireworks at about 9 p.m. when one exploded in Sirajuddin’s hand.

Both men suffered serious injuries.

State police detectives later found evidence of explosives being manufactured in Heim’s home on Farm Road in Fayston.

Heim was treated at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, and has been discharged.

Sirajuddin remains at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.

Heim’s arraignment is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Thursday in Vermont Superior Court in Barre.

The investigation, led by the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations, is ongoing.

It has involved VSP’s Bomb Squad, Underwater Recovery Team and Field Force Division, as well as the Vermont Hazardous Materials Response Team and FBI.

Anyone with information is asked to call VSP’s Berlin Barracks at 802-229-9191.

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