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Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Police said they would like to talk to a Newell man about illegal explosives and firearms that officers said they found in his home.

Southwest Regional Police Chief John Hartman said officers served a search warrant at about 11:30 a.m. Monday for a house at 102 Miller St., owned by Jeff Wilson.

Hartman said Wilson is about 57 years old and lived alone in the house, where “military-grade and industrial-grade explosives,” a rifle, boxes of ammunition and a dagger were confiscated.

Police received information about the house while working on a burglary investigation, he said.

“I don't know that they're not related,” Hartman said.

A full inventory listing what was removed from the home was not immediately available Monday evening, he said.

The Allegheny County bomb squad removed the suspected explosives, Hartman said.

An evacuation of nearby homes was not necessary because the items were contained in a below-ground basement.

Wilson was not there when the warrant, issued by Belle Vernon District Judge Jesse Cramer, was served, Hartman said.

Hartman said no charges or warrants have been filed for Wilson.

Police cleared the scene at about 6 p.m. Monday, Hartman said.

Newell Volunteer Fire Department and Brownsville Ambulance Service were dispatched to the scene on standby in case of any injuries, but no one was harmed, Hartman said.

“There were other items of interest in that house that we are currently investigating,” Hartman said.

Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660.

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