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Lycoming County man sentenced for homemade firework explosion that destroyed his home

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A county judge sentenced a man whose homemade M80s led to an explosion and fire that destroyed his Lycoming Township home to seven years of probation for reckless endangerment and risking a catastrophe, according to PennLive.com.

He will be on electronic monitoring for the first six months of the sentence handed down by Lycoming County Judge Nancy Butts.

Seth A. Magargle, 47, who now resides in Trout Run, also must pay an insurance company about $206,000. Magargle, according to PennLive.com, says he will face difficulties in paying that debt as the April 2021 explosion and fire severed his left hand.

State troopers reported finding cardboard cylinders, caps, fuses and other material to construct the M80s in the fire’s wreckage. Magargle pleaded guilty to the charges, PennLive.com said, while charges of possession of weapons of mass destruction and reckless burning were dismissed under the plea agreement.

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