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Minnesota man pleads guilty to making, selling pyrotechnics on his farm

The ATF learned about what he was doing from a Popular Science magazine article about him.
Kenneth Ray Miller built smoke bombs that looked similar to this, among other pyrotechnics, at his Bronwsville farm, according to court documents and a Popular Science article on him.

Kenneth Ray Miller built smoke bombs that looked similar to this, among other pyrotechnics, at his Bronwsville farm, according to court documents and a Popular Science article on him.

A 58-year-old man who was manufacturing and selling pyrotechnics from his property in Brownsville has pleaded guilty to a federal charge.

Kenneth Ray Miller, who was charged in March, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis to one count of manufacturing and selling explosive material, a news release says

The U.S. Attorney's Office says the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) learned that Miller was manufacturing pyrotechnics at his property from a Popular Science magazine article

The photo-filled story details Miller's personal pyrotechnic experiments that he conducted at his Brownsville farm when he wasn't doing smoke displays at NFL games and air shows via his company, Lightning Pyrotechnics.

According to his guilty plea, Miller admitted that from 2013 to March 3, 2020, he manufactured and sold smoke-generating devices that contained electric igniters (electronic matches) and a chlorate explosive mixture to customers across the country.

He has previous felony convictions for building explosives dating back to the 1980s, so he's prohibited from possessing firearms, as well as manufacturing and dealing in explosive material, the release and reports state.

Miller admitted he didn't have a license, permit, exemption or other authorization from the ATF to use electronic matches or chlorate explosive mixtures.

Miller's sentencing date has not yet been set, the release said. 

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