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Houston County ‘pyrotechnics expert’ sentenced for dealing explosive material

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX47) — A Brownsville man became the target of a federal investigation after being profiled in a magazine. Now, he will spend nearly two years in prison.

A 2019 article in Popular Science magazine called 58-year-old Kenneth Miller a “pyrotechnics expert” who turned his backyard into a “fireworks testing ground.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) was notified about the article that spring, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald.

In the magazine, Miller was pictured shooting red flares off his pickup truck and packaging powdered chemicals. Federal agents later raided his home.

Investigators said Miller made and then sold explosive material to customers across the country without a permit. He is a convicted felon and is not allowed to possess firearms or manufacture and deal explosive material, according to MacDonald.

Miller was sentenced to 22 months in prison on Tuesday morning in Minneapolis. He will have three years of supervised release.

Byron Tollefson

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