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Probation for man who caused explosion at Elyria workplace

ELYRIA — A LaGrange Township man was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation for building an explosive target that exploded in his face last year.

Robert Shaw, 51, said he made a “huge mistake” before Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Christopher Rothgery handed down the sentence.

Shaw was building explosive targets at Diamond Products, where he worked, when one exploded on March 2, 2012. Shaw suffered facial burns in the explosion, which prompted authorities to evacuate the Elyria factory for about three hours while his office was searched.

Shaw’s Whitney Road home was later searched by state and federal agencies.

Assistant County Prosecutor Stephanie Malanowski had asked that Shaw receive prison time, but defense attorney Mike Duff said that his client had done nothing more than pursue his hobby.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.

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