Baldwin man pleads in white supremacist bomb-making case

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/August 5, 2015

By Torsten Ove

A man whose Baldwin Borough house was filled with home-made bombs and literature indicating the residence was a meeting place for white supremacists pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of a bomb and ordered held without bond.

Eric Charles Smith, 37, of Macassar Road, entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Mark Hornak, who set sentencing for December.

Local police arrested Smith in July 2014 on domestic violence charges against his girlfriend and young child. Two days later, while he was still in jail, his girlfriend told police she had obtained a protection from abuse order against Smith and wanted officers to remove his belongings.

When police arrived they saw about 20 home-made bombs, precursor chemicals, written calculations and recipes for bombs, bomb-making literature such as the "Anarchist Cookbook" and remote detonators. They also found white supremacist literature and Nazi paraphernalia, including business cards and a podium indicating the house was used for meetings for the "White Church Supremacists."

Federal prosecutors said that among the bombs was a six-inch long fused cylinder, which the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said contained powder explosive with nails taped to the outside.

Smith, a convicted felon, is not allowed to have weapons or explosive devices.   

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