Hearing set for Massachusetts bomb suspect

A hearing will take place on Wednesday for a Westford, Massachusetts, man who is accused of 18 criminal charges, including two counts of possessing a chemical, biological or nuclear weapon.

Steven Vanstrien pleaded not guilty in Ayer District Court in November to all 18 charges. Police allege that Vanstrien stored weapons, drug paraphernalia and multiple homemade bombs in his home, which were found during a November 4 search, the Lowell Sun reports.

The charges include seven counts of possession of a large-capacity firearm, three counts of improper storage of a firearm and two counts of possession of a chemical, biological or nuclear weapon, as well as possession of an incendiary device, possession of explosives, possession of a Class A drug and possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card.

The items allegedly found during the search include boxes of chemicals, tools, measuring devices, literature, boxes of various ammunition, switchblades, homemade explosive devices and multiple firearms without trigger locks. Inspection by the FBI, the state police bomb squad, Westford police and federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents determined the explosive devices were dangerous, the Lowell Sun reports.

Vanstrien is being held on $3,500 cash bail and he has been ordered to stay away from his home. Larry Colby, Vanstrien's attorney, declined comment after the announcement of the hearing.