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NH man pleads guilty to making meth lab, blowing up devices in backyard woods

DANVILLE — A Danville man pleaded guilty to four charges after being caught attempting to make methamphetamine and setting off explosives.

Matthew Starble pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of an infernal machine, one count of attempted possession of infernal machine and one count of attempted manufacturing of methamphetamine.

READ: Court documents say Danville man admitted to trying to make meth, couldn't get it right

Police responded to the report of a meth lab in an outdoor shed and found a small glass laboratory set up on a work bench. There were several small plastic containers filled with different chemical powders and liquids found in the shed and two plastic bottles that comprised a chemical reaction bomb, along with a third pill bottle, filled with black powder, with a wick attached, that were all scattered around the yard.

Starble admitted to police that he tried to make meth but said he could not get it to react correctly. He would throw his homemade devices into the woods to see them explode, according to police.

This was Starble's first offense and there was no indication that he was engaging in any terrorist activity, nor did it appear he had a working meth lab, according to officials.

Starble was sentenced to a maximum of three years in prison, with another 2-5 years suspended for five years. His sentence also includes a fine of $2000 and the prohibition from possessing fireworks, firearms, ammunition or any other device that may contain gun powder, propellant and/or pyrotechnics.

For questions, please call County Attorney Patricia Conway at the County Attorney’s Office at 642-4249.

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