Cops: Man left homemade explosive devices in downtown Pittsburgh area

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Matthew Michanowicz, 52, was seen on surveillance video placing the military-style backpack at PNC Plaza on Sunday

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh man who authorities say left a backpack full of homemade explosive devices in a bush outside of a complex in the city’s downtown area is now facing several charges.

Matthew Michanowicz, 52, was seen on surveillance video placing the military-style backpack at PNC Plaza on Sunday, authorities said. Police were notified about the backpack on Monday and found it contained makeshift explosives.

Authorities spoke with Michanowicz, who told them he had gone to the area to see the property damage that occurred during Saturday’s protests. He denied any knowledge of the backpack, telling police that he had only picked up a paper bag in front of a bike rack and threw it into a trash can.

When officers showed Michanowicz photos of him placing the backpack in the bushes, authorities said he confirmed he was the person in the photos but still denied having the backpack.

Michanowicz was charged with three counts each of arson and possessing weapons of mass destruction. It wasn’t known Friday if he has retained an attorney.

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