Holyoke man charged with illegal possession of weapons and explosives


A Holyoke man is facing multiple charges in connection with weapons and explosives found at a home on Main Street Sunday afternoon.

Holyoke Police Department Lt. Jim Albert told 22News 49-year-old Edward Laboursoliere was arraigned in Holyoke District Court Monday and is being charged with seven counts of possession or carrying a firearm without a license, nine counts of weapon improperly stored or kept by the owner, seven counts of possession of a large capacity feeding device, discharge of a firearm within 500 ft. of a dwelling, possession of a machine gun, and possession of a substance intended to make a destructive device.

He is being held without the right to bail until a hearing sometime next week.

Lt. Albert told 22News Laboursoliere was arrested after officers responded to a report of explosives at 1080 Main Street.

That’s where police say they found several components including 25-50 pounds of ammonium nitrate, and various materials consistent with manufacturing explosives.

The Holyoke Fire Department, Massachusetts State Police Arson Unit, and State Police Bomb Disposal Unit assisted.

Lt. Albert added that investigators located 17 weapons including a fully automatic rifle and a large amount of ammunition in the home.

This incident continues is still under investigation.

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