Hartland man accused, detonating explosives in Delafield in woods

Benedict Thums of Hartland is accused of setting off explosives in Delafield appeared in Waukesha County court on Friday, Feb. 4 – facing multiple criminal counts. They include: 

  • Second-degree recklessly endangering safety
  • Possession of improved explosives (four counts)
  • Disorderly conduct

Earlier this week, an officer found the 54-year-old man in the woods setting off explosives.

Explosive device detonated in Delafield

When police searched the man’s apartment, officials said more explosives were found – and the apartment building was evacuated.

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The Milwaukee Bomb Squad was called in to detonate the remaining devices. Police say they’ve encountered this man before, but he doesn’t appear to have a prior criminal record.

Benedict Thums

In court Friday, cash bond for Thums was set at $5,000. He is due back in court on Feb. 11.


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