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Authorities: Anamosa state prison inmate had material that could make explosives

Anamosa State Prison (KCRG photo)

ANAMOSA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities found a household substance in an inmate’s cell at the Anamosa State Penitentiary that could be used to make explosives. 

The state Department of Corrections said Saturday that the substance was found in a cell Friday at the prison where two employees were killed about two months ago. 

Authorities said the substance isn’t dangerous by itself but it could be used to create an explosive substance if it was combined with additional materials.

 Corrections Department Chief of Staff Cord Overton said investigators are looking into how the prisoner managed to get and hide the substance as well as whether any accomplices were involved.

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