Charges Dropped in Md. Mansion Pipe Bomb Case

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011  |  Updated 8:28 PM EDT
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Pipe Bomb Damages Potomac Home

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Prosecutors in Montgomery County, Md., dropped charges against a man arrested in connection with a pipe bomb that exploded outside a Potomac house.

The State's Attorney's office said Tuesday it was dropping the case against Farzin Sadeghi pending additional forensics tests. Sadeghi, who with help from the FBI and the ATF was identified as a suspect early on, was arrested in April, one month after a device left outside a $3.3 million Potomac house exploded and damaged a front window and room.

No one was home at the time, but authorities said that if anyone had been in the vicinity, they could have died.

Seth Zucker, a spokesman for the State's Attorney's office, said prosecutors are awaiting forensics tests and will have the option of restoring the case.

Sadeghi's attorney, Robert Bonsib, said in an email that his client had "lived under this cloud for three months" and hopes that prosecutors will officially close the matter after completing their investigation.

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