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Albert Lea man who lost arm in blast faces charges

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An Albert Lea man who lost his left arm in an explosion last October has been charged with two felonies stemming from the incident.

The Albert Lea Tribune reports 48-year-old Ronald Irvin Rofshus was making a rimfire explosive, a shooting target that explodes when fired upon, when the blast occurred on Oct. 21.

Part of Rofshus' hand and wrist were blown off, forcing surgeons to amputate his arm. Rofshus also suffered from chemical burns and injuries to his left ear and eye.

The newspaper say Rofshus' 10- and 12-year-old children called 911 and rendered first aid to their father.

When searching the bunker, investigators found several chemicals, multiple PVC tube, plugs, caps and fuses. Authorities also confiscated three guns with silencers from the house.

Rofshus has been charged with one count of unlawful possession of an explosive or incendiary device and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm silencer.

His attorney, Peggy Rockow, entered a provisional not guilty plea in court Thursday and requested 30 days to review evidence before deciding whether any items should be challenged.

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