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Homemade fireworks allegedly found in meth investigation

Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 8:10 am

Fort Wayne Police released details about a search for a possible meth lab allegedly leading to several drug charges against a man Friday morning.

Edward Chmiel, 51, of the 4600 block Woodway Drive was arrested after police arrived at his home at 10 a.m., according to a Fort Wayne Police Department news release.

Police from the FWPD Vice & Narcotics division along with members of the Emergency Services Team and the Hazardous Devices unit served the warrant, according to the release. They found items used to make meth and a lab inside the residence and a small marijuana growing operation and several items used to make fireworks along with an explosive device in Chmiel’s bedroom, according to the release. Police found nine homemade “cannons” inside and outside the residence. One had several barrels and was loaded, according to the release. Several firearms and unidentified chemicals were also removed.

Police had received numerous complaints of loud explosion in the area and found a video Chmiel had allegedly uploaded of him blowing up various items on his property under the title “King Ed’s Fireworks,” according to the release.

Police had a trailer set up at the home early Friday afternoon and were continuing to investigate as of Friday evening.

Chmiel is charged with one count of dealing methamphetamine, a Class B felony; one count of manufacturing methamphetamine and one count of possession of a destructive device, both Class C felonies; on count of maintaining a common nuisance and one count of dealing marijuana, both Class D felonies; one count of possession of marijuana and one count of possession of paraphernalia, both Class A misdemeanors.