Man Charged in Fireworks Explosion Pleads Not Guilty

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Wayne Jones

AKRON, Ohio — A 65-year-old Akron man pleaded not guilty on Friday after some of his alleged homemade fireworks severely injured a father of two.

Wayne Jones was charged with manufacturing explosives, unlawful posession of dangerous ordinance, illegal assembly, and posession of criminal tools.

Kevin Skubic, 34, of Akron, was carrying a box of the fireworks outside of Jones’ home on Grand Avenue on July 1 when it exploded.

He lost part of his left arm in the accident and was severely burned.

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The blast shattered the front windows of Jones’ home and those of a neighbor.

Investigators with the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms estimated what was in the box at the time was the equivalent of a quarter stick of dynamite.

Police documents show they found scales, fuses, funnels, nitrates and powder inside the home as well.

Jones is currently out on bond.  His next hearing is scheduled for July 31 at 8:30 a.m. in Summit County Common Pleas Court.