A Chicago Transit Authority mechanic is facing federal charges for selling homemade explosives to an undercover federal agent, authorities say.
A spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says 34-year-old John Hegarty was arrested Wednesday on a charge of distributing an explosive device in furtherance of a federal crime of violence. He was released on a $10,000 recognizance bond.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the CTA employee sold about 700 "flash powder" devices to an ATF agent between August 2012 and May 2014 -- even after the agent said he planned to blow up a car and a restaurant -- authorities allege.
ATF spokesman Tom Ahern says Hegarty admitted to manufacturing the explosives in the garage of a home he shares with his parents.