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Mercer County Man Arrested for Detonating Explosives in Hamilton

Hamilton Township (Mercer)

Hamilton Police said on Saturday, officers were investigating the area of Groveville Allentown Road regarding ongoing reports of numerous loud explosions in the area.

According to police, at approximately 6:30 p.m., the Hamilton Police Anti-Crime Unit witnessed and stopped a vehicle occupied by a male suspect that detonated an explosive device on Groveville Allentown Road.

A motor vehicle stop was conducted a short distance from the explosion site and the suspect, Hamilton resident, Mr. Branton B. Meshofski, 47, was arrested.

The New Jersey State Police Bomb Unit responded and rendered the area safe.

Police charged Meshofski with several counts of 2nd-degree Possession of an Explosive Device and 2nd-degree Possession of a Destructive Device.

Mr. Meshofski was transported to the Mercer County Correctional Facility and is awaiting arraignment for these charges.

Detectives from the Mercer County Prosecutors Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation also assisted with this investigation.

Hamilton Police are asking the public if anyone has additional information concerning this incident to contact Hamilton Detective Daniel Inman of the Criminal Investigations Section at (609) 581-4035 or via email at or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.

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