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Suspect in Madison explosives investigation to stand trial

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The man accused of testing explosives inside his apartment at a complex on the west side of Madison will go to trial on charges he's facing. 

Dane County Judge Julie Genovese determined Tuesday there is cause to bring a trial against Brian Campbell. He's charged with possession of improvised explosives, second-degree recklessly endangering safety and a misdemeanor for bail jumping. 

Madison Police Det. Lindsey Ludden testified that Campbell admitted to researching explosives when he was questioned. She said many chemicals found inside the apartment were "scattered haphazardly" all over Campbell's apartment and garage. 

investigators with the Environmental Protection Agency are still working to identify some of them. 

"There was an item that was located that was listed in [the criminal complaint]: a cardboard tube filled with an unknown substance that is suspected to be an explosive and it had an attached hobby fuse," Ludden said in court.

Defense attorney Sarah Schmeiser questioned whether the chemicals found were actually dangerous or posed a threat to the community.

"I have not heard any testimony that even if some of these chemical compounds were present that there was a sufficient quantity to be destructive or capable of causing bodily harm or damage to property," she said. 

25 homes were evacuated as authorities with multiple local and federal agencies worked to secure the scene after it was discovered on February 20th.

Campbell has not yet entered a plea in this case. The court offices will be setting a date for his upcoming arraignment. 

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