Explosives Builder Enters Not Guilty Plea

By Scott Sarvay

July 5, 2012 Updated Jul 5, 2012 at 3:27 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - 43-year-old Robert Erb pleaded not guilty at his initial appearance for five felonies stemming from an explosion at the end of January.

Erb was hospitalized with his left hand amputated after he took a chisel to a volatile mixture at his River Cove Trail apartment.

Police investigated why he had explosive materials in his unit.

His children were inside at the time and neighbors told Indiana’s NewsCenter that Erb and his son were avid rocket builders.

Erb is charged with two counts of neglect of a dependent, one count of possession of a destructive device and two counts of child pornography.

During Thursday’s court appearance Erb was ordered to have no contact with his kids.

Erb is scheduled to be back in court August 20th.

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