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Camden County Man Sentenced to Five Years for Deploying Homemade Explosive at Local Fitness Center

Gloucester City

A Camden County man was sentenced to five years in prison for setting off a homemade bomb at a fitness center, U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger announced today.

According to U.S. Attorney Sellinger, Dwayne Vandergrift, 40, of Gloucester City, previously pleaded guilty to an information charging him with malicious use of explosive materials.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

In the early morning hours of August 28, 2020, Vandergrift deployed a homemade explosive device at a Gloucester City fitness center. 

The bomb damaged the gym’s door and entryway. The gym had not yet opened for the day, and no one was inside. 

Law enforcement officers later searched Vandergrift’s home and located additional materials for building explosive devices and firearms.

In addition to the prison term, Vandergrift was sentenced to three years of supervised release.