"Improvised Explosives" Found at Assistant Professor's Home

A domestic call leads police to stash of explosives in the West Loop

By Adriana Correa
|  Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010  |  Updated 2:49 AM CDT
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Boom goes the assistant biochemistry professor.

Cops got more than the bargained for Sunday when they found 12 improvised explosive devices at a home on the 1600 block of West Ogden Avenue during a domestic incident, police told the Sun-Times..

Marcello DelCarlo a Rush University Medical Center assistant professor was arrested at his work place, and charged with felony possession of an explosive and misdemeanor domestic battery.

Police arrived at  DelCarlo's home to help his ex-girlfriend recover items from inside, but once they saw what resembled dynamite, they called the bomb squad. The bomb techs rendered the explosives safe.

After he was arrested DelCarlo, 36, admitted to purchasing chemical ingredients, mixing them to make “flash powder” and packaging them in a cardboard tube.

He told police he test exploded one of the tubes, which he planned to use for this year’s July 4th celebrations.

DelCarlo is expected to appear in bond court Monday. 

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