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A Flathead man pleaded not guilty last week to nine different federal charges, some related to distribution of explosives, such as dynamite and "improvised grenades."

Bruce Boone Wann, 61, is also accused of illegal possession of firearms, including a short-barrel rifle, stolen shotgun and two silencers, which alone could land him 30 years in federal prison. 

The indictment filed in U.S. District Court of Missoula on Oct. 4 alleges Wann distributed an improvised grenade to someone in Marion, on Highway 2 west of Kalispell, on June 21. On the same day, he is alleged to have been illegally in possession of an RPB Industries .45-caliber machine gun, two silencers with no serial numbers, two firearms attached to those silencers from which the serial numbers had been removed, a .22 caliber rifle with a barrel less than 16 inches long and another improvised grenade he had not distributed. 

The next day, Wann distributed dynamite to someone in Kila without holding the proper license or permits to do so, according to the indictment.

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Nearly three months later, Wann allegedly came into possession of three additional firearms authorities believed to be stolen. Initial charging documents do not provide details of Wann's arrest, although he was booked into the Missoula County Detention center on Sept. 21.

If convicted of all nine explosives- and firearms-related charges in the indictment, Wann could be sentenced to more than 80 years in federal prison.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges on Oct. 5 after he was appointed a federal public defender. His next hearing is set for Oct. 17.

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