CK man found with cache of illegal explosives

Brian Kelly Sandberg waits to appear before a judge Wednesday. The Central Kitsap man was arrested Tuesday evening for unlawful possession of explosives. - Photo by Jesse Beals
Brian Kelly Sandberg waits to appear before a judge Wednesday. The Central Kitsap man was arrested Tuesday evening for unlawful possession of explosives.
— image credit: Photo by Jesse Beals

Grenades, booby traps and anti-tank launchers were among the items found in a Central Kitsap man’s home Tuesday evening.

Brian Kelly Sandberg was arrested Tuesday evening and booked into Kitsap County Jail for unlawful possession of explosives.

Sandberg, 38, made an initial court appearance in Kitsap County Superior Court Wednesday afternoon. The judge found enough probable cause to hold Sandberg for possessing explosives without a license, according to reports. Bail was set at $100,000.

Sandberg’s wife notified the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office that her husband had military explosives and loaded handguns unsecured in their Silverdale home, according to reports. She was concerned about the safety of their four children, ages 15, 11, 8 and 5.

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team detained Sandberg Tuesday evening while he was walking near Kitsap Mall. In his possession was a handgun and he was detained without incident, according to reports. Sandberg had a valid concealed pistol license.

Sheriff’s detectives and deputies, special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and explosive ordnance technicians from the Washington State Patrol inter-agency bomb squad obtained a search warrant and searched the man’s Northwest Hamilton Place residence.

Officials found a plethora of firearms, ammunition and military explosive devices, according to reports. Illegal items found in Sandberg’s home include:

• Four 40 mm M-203 grenade rounds produced for the military. They mix magnesium and primer to create intense bright light used to illuminate an area during hours of darkness. The grenade rounds are considered highly explosive.

• Seventeen 40 mm M-212 marker rounds. The military uses them to delineate a target for contact. They also are considered highly explosive.

• Two smoke hand grenades and one riot control hand grenade containing CS gas.

• M-142 firing devices that are only produced for the military. They are considered booby trap devices. The M-142 is four booby traps in one and designed to be used in several different ways including tension, tension release, pressure and pressure release. They are victim-activated and usually attached to a grenade body.

• M-5 firing devices that were developed during World War II and manufactured for military use. The devices are pressure released and typically used with a grenade body.

• Grenade fuses/live fuses only used by the military. The fuses function as detonators.

• Claymore anti-personnel mine activation devices, known as “clackers”

• Claymore mine plastic bodies without explosive elements.

• Three military M-136 AT-4 anti-tank launchers. All had been previously fired.

• Four M-72 light anti-tank weapon (LAW) rockets.

Numerous firearms, ammunition and other idle items were found inside Sandberg’s home, according to reports.

“There is no reason for someone to have this kind of stuff in a neighborhood,” said Deputy Scott Wilson, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. “This goes way beyond the Second Amendment.”

Sandberg’s wife says her husband is disabled and on “heavy doses of methadone,” according to reports. Sandberg is not welcomed back in the home and his wife plans to divorce him.

Sandberg’s wife also says he is a former Ku Klux Klan member. The KKK is associated with racist and anti-government movements, according to reports.

“We need to answer two main questions, where did he get the weapons and what did he intend to do with them,” Wilson said.

The explosives and weapons are safely secured by authorities. Sandberg was expected to be formally charged yesterday in Kitsap County Superior Court.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Kitsap County Sheriff’s detectives at (360) 337-7111 or Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound at 1-800-CRIME-13.

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