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Fla. Man Planned To Ignite Fireworks At National Mall

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BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Authorities say they have charged a man who planned to ignite fireworks on the National Mall in Washington.

Maryland-National Capital Park Police say Glenn Neff, 27, of Stuart, Fla., was taken into custody Monday after officers spotted him sitting in a car in an isolated part of Cabin John Regional Park in Bethesda. Officials say a large amount of fireworks were found inside the vehicle, as well as a turret and tubes that could be used to launch the fireworks.

Police say Neff said he wanted to set off the fireworks to draw attention to issues he had with the banking industry, and did not intend to hurt anyone. He faces charges including possession of a destructive device, transport of a destructive device and manufacture of a destructive device.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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