Easthampton man arraigned on explosives charges


Bryan O. Desmarais, 41, of Easthampton, was arraigned on the following charges in Northamton District Court this morning, Feb. 17:

  • Throw/Place/Explode Explosives
  • Possession of an Incendiary Device
  • Possession of Explosives and Destructive Devices
  • Possession of ammunition without an FID card

He is  being held without bail at the Hampshire County Jail & House of Corrections and is expected to return to Northampton District Court on Feb. 27, 2017, for a dangerousness hearing.

Desmarais was arrested on Feb. 16 after investigators, executing a search warrant at his residence in Easthampton, discovered a large quantity of material used for the manufacturing of explosives, as well as manufactured explosives, ammunition, and other contraband. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad, Crime Scene Unit and Fire Marshalls Office, FBI and ATF Special Agent Bomb Technicians, the District 4 Hazmat Team, and the Easthampton Fire Department responded to the scene.   The multi-agency investigation began on the evening of February 5, 2017, when several explosions were reported in the vicinity of Lower Mill Pond behind the Eastworks Building on Pleasant Street.

The case remains under investigation by Easthampton Police Detective Bureau, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), The FBI Springfield field office Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad, the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, and the United States Attorney’s Office in Springfield.