Man charged with causing loud booms near Mount Carmel waives
MOUNT CARMEL - The man responsible for causing loud booms in the Mount Carmel area April 8 by shooting at exploding targets waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday and plans to apply for acceptance into the county's Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program in an attempt to have his charges expunged.
Jason R. Bower, 36, of 6 E. Fourth St., Mount Carmel, waived charges of recklessly endangering another person and two counts of disorderly conduct filed by Mount Carmel Township Patrolman Matthew Filarski.
Police said Bower was target practicing at a former police shooting range on Mid Valley Mountain north of Mount Carmel at 9:40 p.m.
Bower later took responsibility for the incident on Facebook and claimed he didn't know the sound would carry so far.
A number of people in the Mount Carmel area reported hearing the sounds, prompting various theories as to the cause, including a meth lab explosion and officers being shot.
Exploding targets, or reactive targets as they are called, consist of two inert components that, when mixed, blow up if impacted by a high-velocity projectile, such as a bullet fired from a gun.