MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - The man responsible for causing loud booms in the Mount Carmel area April 8 by shooting at exploding targets at a former police shooting range near Mount Carmel Estates has been charged in connection with the incident.

Jason R. Bower, 36, of 6 E. Fourth St., Mount Carmel, was charged by Patrolman Matthew Filarski with recklessly endangering another person and two counts of disorderly conduct.

Police said Bower was target practicing 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.