Christopher Porter is accused of illegal possession of dangerous munitions, including illegal manufacture or processing of explosives.

NEWARK, Ohio – The Newark Police Department arrested a man after finding two explosive devices in a car that crashed.

Shortly before 9:20 a.m. Tuesday, officers were called to Prospect Street on a pass notice. The driver of the SUV hit a parked car and fled the scene on foot.

Officers found one of the suspected devices in the abandoned car. Police evacuated homes in the area and called for Columbus’ explosive devices.

The second device was later found in the car by the operational and explosive department, which eliminated both. No one was injured in the incident.

Officers were able to find the suspect, 30-year-old Christopher Porter, who lived nearby on Gainor Avenue.

Police say he was detained without incident, and a search of his property found additional evidence of materials used to make explosive devices.

According to court records, Porter admitted to crashing into an SUV and fleeing the scene. He also admitted that the tools were his and he made them.

Porter is accused of illegally storing dangerous munitions, including illegally manufacturing or processing explosives.

Police say the case will be referred to the Lick County Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the police at 740-670-7215.

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