Explosion prompted arrest of two men

Two Martinsville men were charged following an incident that involved what authorities identified as an improvised explosive device, according to a release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

The Martinsville-Henry County 911 Communications Center received a call at 9:49 p.m. on Friday,           Sept. 27 in reference to a fire cracker that had exploded in an individual’s face at 124 Konya Dr., Martinsville.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Henry County Public Safety and Ridgeway Rescue responded to the scene.  The victim, James Marvin Hundley, was assessed by EMS workers and subsequently air lifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Through the course of the investigation, authorities determined the device that exploded was not a firecracker but an alleged small improvised explosive device. Authorities also determined the victim of the explosion and a second individual allegedly manufactured and possessed the improvised explosive device before detonation.

Virginia State Police bomb technicians were consulted during the preliminary investigation.

Hundley, 37, of Martinsville, was charged with two felonies: possess materials to manufacture explosive device and possess explosive device. He was held in the Roanoke City Jail with a $1,500 secured bond.

Jonathan Wayne Hubbard, 52, also of Martinsville, was charged with one count each possess materials to manufacture explosive device and possess explosive device, both felonies.

Hubbard is currently being held in the Martinsville City Jail with no bond.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at (276) 638-8751 or the Crimestoppers Program at 63-CRIME (632-7463). The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $2,500 for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.

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