Man faces two years in prison after putting 12kg of dynamite in friend's car as a 'joke'
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A Finnish man has been arrested after a ‘joke’ with his friend’s car involving an explosive went totally wrong.
The man, who has not been identified, was arrested last Thursday after placing 12 kilos of dynamite in two cars that belonged to another man.
Ostrobothnia Police Commissioner Tony Rauma confirmed that the two men knew each other prior to the incident.
Despite the fact it’s the middle of August and not April Fools Day, the man still insisted that the dynamite was all part of a prank.
“According to his own words, he had done it as a joke,” said Rauma talking to Finnish media.
However, the owner of the car was not amused by the dynamite gift and called the police to come and confiscate it.
“In addition to dynamite, detonators were also confiscated from the cars," Commissioner Rauma added.
According to Finnish media YLE, a specialised police force from Seinäjoki, who are trained in explosives, were called in to remove the 12 kilos of dynamite.
Due to the amount of explosives, the police made the decision to evacuate nearby buildings and private houses to avoid any injuries.
Across Finland, you cannot possess dynamite without a permit, any explosives must be authorised by authorities.
It is understood that the man in question did not have any permit for the dynamite.
Police are still unsure how the man came into possession of the explosive.
According to Rauma: “The suspect in the crime has connections to the abandoned house, where the dynamite may have come from, and it was checked.
“We searched the house there, but no remains were found.”
Police have ruled out this incident as a possible terrorist attack as the man claims it was never his intention to blow up the cars.
While the suspect was arrested on Thursday, he was later released on bail while the investigation is underway.
“He is suspected of an explosives crime, where the punishment scale is fines or a maximum of two years in prison,” said the police commissioner.
So if you were thinking of heading to Finland and pulling the same ‘joke’ on one of your friends, think again.