Manitowoc man arrested following house explosions


    Victor Cota (Manitowoc Co. Jail)

    MANITOWOC (WLUK) – A Manitowoc man was arrested after two explosions at a south side home Thursday afternoon – and military-grade explosives were found inside.

    Victor Cota, 35, appeared in court Friday for a bond hearing. No formal charges have been filed. His initial appearance is set for March 25. He is being held on a $50,000 cash bond.

    According to the police report, crews responded to 938 S. 29th Street after reports of two explosions.

    ATF, FBI, a hazmat team and the state Dept. of Military Affairs responded. They found:

    • RDX, a military-grade explosive
    • PETN, a military and commercial explosive which requires a license to possess. Cota did not have such a license
    • Three different types of improvised explosive devices

    Also found were nitroglycerine, nitromethane, and scientific glassware.

    Cota told police he “began by making fireworks and then began collecting these as a hobby,” the report states.

    Police are requesting charges of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, first-degree reckless injury, and six counts of possession of an explosive.

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