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Second man arrested in connection with string of explosions

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A second man has been arrested in connection with a “series of explosions” that occurred in August and September near the north end of the city center.

Dillan Kurtis Davis Bailey, 21, was booked into Whatcom County Jail Wednesday on suspicion of third-degree possession of explosives/malicious explosion, second-degree malicious mischief of more than $750 and third-degree malicious mischief of less than $750 – he was arrested in Custer.

Bailey’s alleged role in the explosions remains unclear – Bellingham Police would only say he was suspected of setting the explosives off.

In early September, police were investigating a string of explosions that occurred near the north end of the city center.

Two explosions were reported at 1:45 a.m. on Aug. 16 near the bridge on the 1500 block of Ellis Street. The explosion damaged the bridge. Some 15 minutes later, a third explosion was reported in the bus shelter in the 400 block of York Street, authorities said.

The burn marks at both explosion sites were said to be consistent.

At 3:45 a.m. on Sept. 5, another explosion was reported near the 400 block of York Street. There was heavy smoke and damage to the bus shelter, police said. The explosion caused the plastic glass on the roof and sides of the shelter to break.

A witness near the explosion told police of seeing two males running from the area, and video surveillance footage showed two males who matched the description enter the bus shelter. There was flash consistent with an explosion, then the two males ran, according to a previous news release from the police department.

Total damage was around $4,200.

Denver Pratt: 360-715-2236, @DenverPratt

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