Mistrial declared for Webster man in apartment explosion case

A mistrial was declared Friday for Eric Reynolds, a Webster man accused of trying to set off explosions at a Rochester apartment building. (Photo: RPD)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - A mistrial was declared Friday for a Webster man accused of trying to set off explosions at a Rochester apartment building.

Eric Reynolds was being tried by a jury in front of Justice Thomas Moran on weapons, criminal mischief and arson charges. During jury deliberations, a mistrial was declared.

The charges stem from "two explosive events" at a building on Ridgeway Avenue on May 15, 2017. Multiple law enforcement crews, including the bomb squad, swarmed the property. Crews later conducted a search of Reynolds' Kircher Park home in Webster, and found three illegal assault rifles along with materials that appeared to be related to the Ridgeway explosions, according to authorities.

Firefighters said an explosive device went off inside the building, but failed to ignite multiple containers of gasoline.

Later that month, Reynolds was indicted on six counts of criminal possession of a weapon 1st, criminal mischief 1st, arson 3rd, six counts of criminal possession of a weapon 3rd, and three counts of criminal possession of a weapon 3rd.

The RFD, RPD, ATF and the FBI assisted in the case.

Monroe County District Attorney spokesperson Calli Marianetti said the office plans to try Reynolds again on these charges.

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