Oak Harbor man faces bomb charge

A 31-year-old Oak Harbor man who was caught with a homemade bomb in his home is facing a felony charge, according to court documents.

Prosecutors charged Joseph Robinson in Island County Superior Court June 25 with possession of explosives without a license. He pleaded not guilty July 9.

Island County Sheriff’s Deputy Ray Tash wrote in his report on the incident that community corrections officers were checking Robinson’s home for contraband when they found a bomb in his dresser last June. Robinson was on parole at the time, the report states.

An officer found a softball-sized object wrapped in black tape with an “8 ball” graphic and a fuse, Tash wrote. Robinson said it was a bomb that his friend made with gunpowder from shotgun shells and fireworks, the report states.

Robinson said he intended to use the bomb as “a grand finale” on the Fourth of July, the report shows.

The community corrections officers evacuated the home and called the Navy explosives ordnance disposal unit for help.

Two Navy EOD teams responded and removed the bomb from the home. They X-rayed the device to analyze how dangerous it was.

If convicted, Robinson could face up to a year in jail.

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